The Liverpool Local Plan 2013–2033

All local planning authorities must prepare a local plan to guide the long-term, strategic spatial development of their area.

The Liverpool Local Plan is made up of:

  • a document that includes policies that set out the key considerations for making decisions on development proposals in the city.
  • city-wide and city centre maps that show how the land is used in keeping with these policies - for example housing sites, open spaces and shopping areas. 

The scope of the plan

The Local Plan provides a long-term spatial vision, strategic priorities and policies for future development in the city over the next 15 to 20 years, specifically with regard to the quantity and location of new homes, employment provision, shops, facilities and other services, transport and other infrastructure provision, climate change mitigation and adaption and the conservation and enhancement of the natural and historic environment.

To achieve this it sets out the following:

  • development management policies that guide the delivery of development in the city and will be used to determine planning applications. These policies provide detailed advice to developers and others on the scale, design, accessibility, sustainability etc of proposals.
  • site allocations for residential, employment, retail and other land uses across the city, shown on the policies map.
  • designations where specific policies apply, such as for district and local centres or open spaces which are also shown on the policies map.

Adoption of the plan

The Local Plan was adopted at the City Council’s Full Council meeting on Wednesday 26th January 2022 - See the Agenda for Liverpool City Council Meeting on Wednesday, 26th January, 2022, 5pm.

In accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, the council is now making available the following documents:

These documents will also be available to view at the council's Cunard Building reception, Water Street, L3 1AH and One Stop Shops & Libraries during opening hours by 11th February 2022.

Please email liverpoollocalplan​@liverpool.gov.uk for further information.

Other key documents

Preparation of the plan

The Liverpool Local Plan has been prepared over a number of years. The key stages were as follows:

  • Regulation 18 Initial Consultation, December 2013: The Liverpool Local Plan initial consultation took place between December 2013 and April 2014. The purpose of that consultation was to notify key stakeholders and interested parties of the council's intention to prepare a Local Plan and to encourage representations on what it should contain.
  • Regulation 18 Informal Draft Local Plan, September 2016:This was consulted on between September and November 2016.
  • Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan, January 2018: We consulted on the 2018 Pre-Submission Draft of the Liverpool Local Plan between January 26th and 9th March 2018
  • Submission Local Plan, May 2018: The Local Plan was submitted to Government for examination in May 2018. The Examination Hearings were held in October 2020. Consultation on the Main Modifications was undertaken in July/ August 2021 and the Inspectors Report was received in October 2021.

Other adopted documents

The Joint Merseyside and Halton Waste Local Plan is concerned with the scale, location and type of facilities required to manage all types of waste in Merseyside and Halton. The Waste Local Plan was adopted on 18th July 2013.