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Pumpfields Development Framework to ‘harness renewed interest’ in area

A Pumpfields Development Framework could be endorsed by Liverpool City Council’s cabinet next week to guide the area’s regeneration.

The location is said be the subject of ‘renewed interest’ as increasing pressure on Liverpool city centre pushes developers and investors towards opportunities in peripheral areas.

Pumpfields is situated north of the city centre and is bounded by the Kingsway Tunnel, Leeds Street, Scotland Road and Pall Mall.

If approved the framework will be used as an informal document which the local authority suggests will set out key principals to “amongst other things, lead to further positive investment and development, encourage vibrant mixed-use schemes, promoting a conducive environment with appropriate infrastructure and minimise the conflict between residential and employment uses”.

Seven proposed development principles have been identified to guide investment and development in the area, focusing on its development plots; land uses; road network, pedestrian and cycle connections; car parking; design quality, height and scale; public realm and landscaping; and marketing.

Pumpfields is currently home to approximately 50 businesses, three main residential schemes, City of Liverpool College’s Vauxhall Road campus and five surface car parks which are considered likely to be redeveloped into alternative uses due to the development pressure.

Finding a solution to the loss of parking, which is already limited for local businesses, whilst satisfying demand for additional developments is said to be a key challenge.

A number of pipeline developments are also currently lined up for Pumpfields, including Elliot Group’s £250 million Infinity Towers residential complex (pictured) and the £40m Metalworks residential scheme on Vauxhall Road, the mixed-use Pall Mall project, the £40m Tannery apartments project, the £80m four-tower Freemasons Row, and a Bevington Bush/Aldersey Street scheme which was previously approved as a student accommodation development but has now been revised to non-student accommodation.

A report to be considered by cabinet members at the 25 January meeting says: “Pumpfields comprises a mix of employment uses, residential uses, surface car parks and vacant land. There is a lack of focus and sense of place in the area currently. It does not integrate well with the city centre or the residential communities that border it to the north.

“Increasing development pressure on the city centre is pushing developers and investors towards opportunities in peripheral areas. As such there is renewed interested in the Pumpfields area.

“It is crucial that the council uses this opportunity to harness this interest and focus attention to ensuring that this evolution makes the area successful in its own right as well as supporting the growth and vibrancy of the wider city.”

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

Lawrence is a journalist at Move Publishing. He can be contacted via email at lawrence@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.