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Public Meeting: Planning for a green Liverpool City Region

Friday, 20 July 2018 11:01

Planning for a green Liverpool City Region Planning for a green Liverpool City Region

On the 19th July, CPRE Lancashire was pleased to host more than fifty attendees to an event titled ‘Greening the Liverpool City Region’.  We updated the attendees on the activity of CPRE and showed two films depicting the current situation regarding Government housing requirements and the issues around bring brownfield land forward and pressure to release Green Belt protected land.

Mark Dickens, Lead Planner at the Combined Authority responsible for preparing the Spatial Development Strategy, and Gideon Ben-Tovim, the Environment Advisor to Steve Rotheram and Chair of Nature Connected (the Local Nature Partnership), made presentations updating on progress with planning policy and environmental priorities.
Andy Yuille, consultant, also explained that a new Toolkit that has been developed to help communities engage positively with local planners to ensure all brownfield sites are recorded to improve the chance of brownfield being used in advance of greenfield, taking into account biodiversity and green infrastructure provision.
A number of questions were posed by people, concerning community engagement, the influence of the Metro Mayor, the role of the Local Nature Partnership, and other issues relevant to planning for the environment including poor air quality, and future management of parks in the constituent authorities.  The Government’s agenda in devolved governance, Green Belt release and the lower priority of brownfield reuse through weak national policy and lack of committing funding to overcome identified constraints were also commented upon.   
CPRE will work positively with communities and the Combined Authority to seek the best from the natural environment as Spatial Development Strategy progresses, and we will support the Year of the Environment in 2019.

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