Liverpool City Region/Regional Evidence Base (LC)

Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Capacity Study
The Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Capacity Study is a joint study between the districts within the Liverpool City Region, West Lancashire and Warrington. The study supports Knowsley’s commitment to a low carbon economy and minimising the impacts of climate change. The study consists of two reports. Stage 1 demonstrated how sub-regional renewable energy targets can be met. Stage 2 provided a common policy framework for the study area. It also provides more detailed guidance for each local authority, and identifies a series of potential “priority zones” for combined heat and power and areas of least constraint for wind energy.

Liverpool City Region Housing and Economic Development Evidence Base Overview Study
Knowsley Council (along with the other local authorities in the Liverpool City Region and Central Lancashire) undertook an "overview" study of development land needs and supply. This study provides a picture of land supply and requirements for new development (both housing and employment) across the whole City Region.

Merseyside Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
This research and report was commissioned by four authorities within Merseyside (including Knowsley) in June 2007. The purpose of the study was to undertake an objective assessment regarding the need for provision of accommodation for Gypsy and Traveller communities across the sub-region.

Minerals Planning in Merseyside
Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service (MEAS), on behalf of the 6 Merseyside Authorities (including Knowsley) contracted Greater Manchester Geological Unit (GMGU), part of the Urban Vision Partnership, to establish a minerals evidence base to support the development of a minerals policy framework to meet the requirements of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. This study was completed in August 2008.

Liverpool City Region Ecological Framework
The Ecological Framework provides information essential to biodiversity conservation, including the identification of strategic designated assets, priority habitats and core biodiversity areas. The final report was prepared by Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service (MEAS) and includes a district profile for Knowsley, together with those for Halton, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral.

Liverpool Superport Economic Trends Study
This study was commissioned by the Mersey Partnership in 2009 to provide an evidence base and action plan relating to the potential economic contribution to be made by the growth and expansion of the “Superport” in the Liverpool City Region. This aims to combine port, airport and freight activities to create a more efficient and effective business environment, and boost the competitiveness of Liverpool and its surrounding areas in the national and international context.

Liverpool City Region – Visitor Economy Strategy to 2020
The Visitor Economy Strategy for the Liverpool City Region outlines a vision for the City Region and provides a framework to achieve it. The Strategy follows on from the previous ‘Vision 2015’ strategy.

The Mersey Partnership Economic Review 2012
The Mersey Partnership Economic Review outlines the challenges facing the region in the weakened economic climate. It also provides some modelling which illustrates what the region can achieve if it continues to harness the critical mass of its economic assets across the entire City Region.

Liverpool City Region Strategic Investment Framework
The Strategic Investment Framework builds on the Strategic Regeneration Framework (2001) and seeks to enhance the city’s competitive strengths. The Framework is deliberately designed to promote strategically identified economic priority.

South Liverpool International Gateway Strategic Regeneration Framework
The South Liverpool International Gateway (formerly known as the Speke Halewood Strategic Investment Area) covers an area of approximately 1,613 hectares extending from the Mersey Wave at Halewood to Garston Docks. The aim of this framework is to set out a comprehensive vision that covers the whole area, providing a clear purpose and direction for South Liverpool over the next 15-20 years.

4NW Setting Employment Land Targets for North West England
The purpose of this report is to provide a method that produces district-level quantitative targets for the provision of employment land. The report helped inform the Single Regional Strategy and Local Development Frameworks (LDFs) across the North West region.

Housing Provision and Job Growth Figures for the North West
The purpose of this technical background paper is to outline the initial work undertaken by 4NW to inform the development of housing provision and job growth figures for the North West region for the period to 2030. The paper sets out a number of different scenarios which provide a starting point for further work and discussion, including an explanation of the methodology used to develop each scenario.

Economic Forecasting for the North West
This is the Long-Term Forecast report for the Northwest of England for the period 2010 – 2030, produced by the Northwest Regional Economic Forecasting Panel (REFP). It focuses on how the region has grown relative to the UK, the factors which have influenced this, and how the Northwest might grow relative to the UK over the next 20 years.

Regional Employment Land Study
4NW instructed Gerald Eve supported by Arup to undertake an assessment of the commercial viability and local property market conditions of identified employment sites (B1 B2 and B8), over
5Ha in the North West region. This report outlines the findings of this assessment.

Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan
The Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan aims to help local people become more aware of the area’s natural environment and issues facing it. The Plan is not a single published document, but instead comprises a number of individual Species and Habitat Action Plan and a Business Plan to prioritise work for conservation areas for the next few years.

Liverpool City Region – SuperPort
The Liverpool City Region – SuperPort document provides details about the SuperPort and considers its position in relation to the rest of the UK and existing trade routes, as well as providing details about development opportunities associated with the SuperPort.
Further to this the SuperPort Action Plan (prepared by the Mersey Partnership) sets out the operational programme for engaging ports, carriers, importers, exporters, manufacturers and retailers and their current and prospective supply chains with SuperPort.

Liverpool City Region Sustainable Energy Action Plan  
A partnership of 6 local authorities has launched a regional Sustainable Energy Action Plan as a coordinated programme for a low carbon economy. The Plan aims create up to 128,000 jobs in the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of sustainable energy initiatives, and includes training, skills and investment funds.

Neighbouring Authority Plans
Local plans and Inspectors Reports from neighbouring local authorities provide a range of information regarding their approach to spatial planning issues. 

Liverpool City Region - SuperPort
This document presents the key findings of a report commissioned by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to provide an evaluation of demand and supply for land for logistics in the City Region over the next 20 years. The analysis includes scenarios linked to potential drivers of demand such as investment in SuperPort assets and capabilities, through to major changes in the global and national context over the next 20 years that will impact upon the City Region.

Merseyside and West Lancashire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
This Assessment was commissioned by six authorities (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St.Helens, West Lancashire and Wirral) to update evidence regarding the need for Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople within the study area. The study was completed by consultants Arc4 and includes their recommendations to be implemented through Council plans and strategies, including the Knowsley Local Plan.
NB. This version has been subject to a minor amendment in January 2015 to clarify the treatment of supply of existing pitches in St.Helens.