Mayor Backs North Liverpool's 'Greenprint' for Growth
• Plans to create UK’s greenest city park, plant 10 trees for every resident and create hundreds of new jobs
• Green plan designed to remove barriers to investment
Mayor Joe Anderson has championed Liverpool Vision’s ‘GreenPrint for Growth’ initiative, set to transform North Liverpool and South Sefton.
The GreenPrint approach is designed to attract investors and visitors to the area, looking at both people and places, creating a new sense of neighbourhood identity for existing residents and businesses.
Over the next 10 years GreenPrint aims to create the greenest city park in the UK, more than 300 jobs and training opportunities, deliver 10 major projects and 1001 smaller projects, plant 10 trees for every resident and encourage all residents to contribute to the transformational project in their own way.
Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s knack for coming up with bold ideas is what helps make this city so vibrant and dynamic. The GreenPrint will unify the area like never before, improving the lives of its people by attracting investors and visitors. The exciting thing about this approach is that it will connect, not only the area’s waterways and green spaces, but also investments and ideas, linking people and physical places.”
Mayor Anderson’s cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy launched GreenPrint for Growth on July 27 2012. He said: “Anyone who cares about the future of Liverpool will surely back this transformational project. It offers a framework for coordinating investment, delivering a comprehensive Green Infrastructure approach which will enhance quality of life and promote a low carbon economy.
“Along with environmental improvements the GreenPrint will remove barriers to investment and create a landscape for prosperity which will deliver direct jobs and make the area to the north of Liverpool ‘investment ready’.”
Local authorities, community and business partners developed the GreenPrint as part of the North Liverpool/South Sefton Strategic Regeneration Framework, which sets out a new approach to planning and place making for the area. GreenPrint will create a “Great Park” connecting the city centre, North Liverpool, South Sefton and the River Mersey Waterfront. Bringing together these areas as one identifiable ‘greened space’, will create a collective identity and help to connect existing projects and inspire new ones.
Liverpool Vision’s director of programmes and corporate services, Ian McCarthy said: “The Great Park is a metaphor. We want people to imagine the area in a different way and while we will be making some changes to the area physically, this is more about connecting people and opportunities.
“This initiative will provide a catalyst for action to improve the environment radically by combining the skills and enthusiasm of residents, with the drive of the private sector, in a way which will create jobs and provide a toolkit for identifying and prioritising investment.
“We are currently working with investors, such as Peel Holdings and Invest in Sefton, to add a greater level of detail on how connections between the City Centre, Everton Park and the Port of Liverpool and its adjacent communities can be made. Once this detail is in place we will work with residents to develop their ideas.”
Utilising high level urban design images created by Parkinson Inc, the ‘GreenPrint’ illustrates how Green Infrastructure can be used to enhance:
• City navigation – Strengthening east to west connections across the area. For example, tree planting will be used to define green routes along key roads leading to both Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs.
• City dwelling – Creating new garden suburbs. For example developers will be encouraged to create new green spaces at the planning stage of developments.
• Tourism – Creating new destinations from Green Infrastructure (GI). For example viewing points from Everton Park will be enhanced improving views of the City Centre, Waterfront and docklands.
• Growth economies – Providing the investment environment for environmental technologies and low carbon companies.
• Health & well being – Ensuring residents have access to well maintained spaces in which to relax, play and exercise.
• Job creation potential – Ensuring contracts for work include training placements and apprenticeships that will lead to full time employment.
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Image: Photo: L-R Sefton Cllr Ian Moncur, cabinet member - children, schools, families and leisure and Cllr Malcolm Kennedy cabinet member for regeneration.