City Development 2023-24 budget proposals

This directorate covers a range of services which combine to support the economic prosperity of Liverpool and the future growth of social value through the attraction of inward investment and the management and development of physical assets.

There are five key services: Development and Investment, Highways and Transport, Planning and Building Control, Property Management, Parking Services and Markets.

Development and Investment - covers the facilitation and delivery of developments in the city and includes the support provided to businesses and investors. The team also seeks out and delivers grant applications from funders.

Highways and Transport - oversee the strategic planning of the transport system in the city and undertake maintenance, enforcement and major projects delivery over the highways network.

Planning - oversee planning applications and delivers the LPA statutory service in the city. Building control provide services to contractors, builders and developers across the city, signing off completed developments.

Parking Services - provide the strategic management, operation and enforcement across the 7,500 spaces within the city centre-controlled parking zone and provide enforcement services in all wards beyond the city centre, aiming to improve the experience of local communities.

Financial pressures

The directorate is forecast to collect c£35m of income during 22/23 and the focus is on the ability to generate such income. The directorate is subject to external risk factors which may impacts the ability to collect all rent, affordability of car parking and the ability of drivers to pay enforced penalties.

Increased energy charges have put pressure on in-year and future years budgets for street lighting and traffic lights. Finally, resource pressures across the directorate have led to reduced income generation.

Approach to savings and transformation

Highways and Transport - the focus for income generation will come through improved enforcement across the city, improved efficiency through digitisation and a greater utilisation of outdoor commercial opportunities. Significant income is targeted through the application of the recently introduced TMA Pt 6 which will allow local authorities outside London to enforce penalties through box junction contraventions and illegal u-turns. There will also be savings generated through the transformation of the highways and transport team, as part of their on-going improvement programme.

Property Management - Department savings will largely be driven through increases in income. Better deployed resource will focus on rent reviews, lease renewals and debt collection, all delivering financial uplifts. There will be a focus on technical angles with greater rigour delivering income from the management and potential disposal of council assets. The proposals will help to streamline and drive efficiencies within the corporate landlord/property management team, creating a cross-directorate centre of property excellence.

Parking - as part of an ongoing improvement programme, the team will undertake a full review and extension of the car parking zone enforcement times and also implement a revised pricing strategy across the city. Matchday parking enforcement will provide an improved resident experience, whilst generating revenue. Further savings are expected from the introduction core city standards of operation.

Markets - in 2022 the council commissioned a report by Savills, highlighting a strategy for improvements across the seven LCC market sites. The saving proposals will come from filling vacancies and benchmarking pricing strategies.

Planning & Building Control and Development - across planning and building control plus development teams, there are no significant income opportunities identified. Income generation will be delivered through planning services and the implementation of a service review.