Planning asks for Liverpool City Region's Metro Mayor

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Devolution and the election of a Metro Mayor provides the Liverpool City Region with a unique opportunity to take greater control of its destiny and to realise its economic potential as part of the Northern Powerhouse.

The newly elected Liverpool City Region Mayor will act as Chair to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority whose membership comprises the leaders of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral Councils along with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. The adjacent boroughs of West Lancashire, and Warrington Council are associated members.

The Mayor will exercise a range of powers and functions devolved from Government including:

  • Powers over strategic planning, including the responsibility to create a Single Statutory City Region Framework and the power to call in planning applications of strategic importance.
  • The creation of a Mayoral Development Corporation to support the delivery of key sites through the Mayoral Development Zones.
  • Responsibility for a devolved and consolidated local transport budget.
  • Ability to retain business rates to be spent locally.
  • Control over a £30 million a year funding allocation which is to be used to unlock the economic potential of the River Mersey and Superport as well as to maximise opportunities from HS2.

Importantly, as a single figurehead representing approximately 1.5 million people living in the City Region, the Mayor will have a considerable voice on the national stage lobbying Government in relation to key decisions and financial allocations which affect the conurbation.

The big issues for planning and development

In order to be successful the elected Mayor will need to build consensus with the constituent authorities, create a strong identity for the City Region and provide leadership on potentially highly controversial issues such as the release of Green Belt land for housing.

In this comment we give you the essential facts about the candidates and where they stand on the big planning issues, together with our ‘planning asks’ of the incoming Mayor. Click here to download our full comment.

3 May 2017