RJP attended the Place Northwest Merseyside Development Update this week. Top of the agenda were the economic growth assumptions underpinning the new Liverpool City Region housing and employment land assessment. Arguably, there are so many flagship projects in the city, from the Knowledge Quarter to Wirral Waters, that a more ambitious approach can be justified.

On infrastructure, panel members agreed that improved east to west connectivity across the north would benefit the city region, but such schemes can take many years to materialise. Local government support was identified as a route to speed up the process.

Also discussed were the increase in PRS residential development in the city centre; the benefits of the community interest vehicle in the Baltic Quarter; and the merits of a strategic land review to enable delivery of aspirational homes and employment opportunities.