The proof from the council that we don’t need to build on parks

Housing

For the past three years I have claimed that there is no need to build on our parks and green spaces because there is already enough room in the city to build homes for 70,000+ people. I have always found it hard to justify this figure because I have always found it hard to get information from the council.
However I now have the information that I need and can say that on the council’s own figures I am right and we have plenty of room to build necessary accommodation without building on parks.
If you look at the information below you can see that we have:
Detailed planning permission for 11,596 homes
9,075 with outline planning permission
2,069 could be built on brownfield land in the next 5 years
13,226 could be built after 5 years.
If we ignore the Liverpool Waters scheme which looks unlikely to proceed now given the problems with China and the long term brown field developments there are 13,665 units highly likely to be built in the next 5 years. At the average occupation of 2.25 people per unit this would be space in the short term for 30,746 people. That would imply a growth rate in the city’s population of 5.5% or more than 1% every year. This also ignores the fact that we are building to very low densities and that more could be done by developers to improve things like acoustic quality and build to higher densities.
This is of course without taking stock of the large number of vacants which already exist in the city with up to 6,000 properties vacant for a medium to long period at any point in time.
So let’s be clear. Forget the nonsense which has been given to us by our Labour masters it is not Government dictat that forces the council to put green spaces and parks into potential development. It is the desire of the council to extract maximum value from its assets. In other words it is for monetary and not planning reasons.
Here’s the information from a senior member of the planning department. Slice it and dice it how you will we still need no more land. Our parks can and should be kept.

Dear Councillor Kemp

In response to your questions please see the information below.

1. Number of dwellings with Planning Permission as at April 15 is 20,671
2. Of which 9,075, as at April 15, are Outline Planning Permission (this is largely due to the Liverpool Waters permission),
3. 15,836 is number drawn from the SHLAA on Brownfield Land (not including any planning permissions at 1/2 above)

It should be noted that the figure for Brownfield land is not expressed as a range because the National Planning Policy Framework and the Planning Practice Guidance require all local planning authorities to express their housing supply position as a single number.

Therefore in compiling the SHLAA we have to identify a single density assumption for each site. If there is no planning permission or lapsed planning permission, or a CFS submission to guide us as is this case, location is the first consideration and we use a simple suburban / city centre split and then a dwelling type split as follows:

* Suburban Houses – 36 dwgs/ha
* Suburban Mixed houses and flats – 53 dwgs/ha
* Flats (non-City Centre) – 100 dwgs/ha
* Flats (City Centre) – 165 dwgs/ha

It should also be noted that the majority of the brownfield sites will be subject to some constraints to their development and therefore in the SHLAA they are assessed and then placed in one of the three time period phases as shown here:

2,609 – 0-5 years
6,268 – 6-10 years
6,959 – 11+ years
15,836

Therefore in broad terms there are just under 11600 units with full permission that we would reasonably expect to complete in 5 years because someone has invested in securing a planning permission. Then a further 2600 units on brownfield land which we think are sufficiently free of constraints to come forward in the next five years. Of the remaining brownfield sites nearly 7000 units of potential capacity is so constrained that we consider it to unlikely to come forward in the next 10 years, and nearly 6300 will take between 6 and 10 years to come forward.

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About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. UK representative on UCLG Finance Committee, Executive Bureau and World Council. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperon on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and three grandchildren.
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