Liverpool City Council has set out a timetable to transform a former landfill site on the shores of the River Mersey into 1,500-home ‘green community’.
A report will be presented to the city council’s cabinet on Friday (December 6) which outlines a programme of activity which could lead to a major programme of housebuilding along the southern shoreline of the river.
The report identifies four major stepping stones for a comprehensive regeneration of the 28-acre site, which has lain dormant for more than 20 years and held the International Garden Festival celebrations in 1984.
The council wants to complete site remediation and ground infrastructure works and then sell the land for delivery of the new homes.
They expect to submit a planning application for the remediation of the Development Zone in December 2019, before accepting grant funding from Homes England and applying for funding from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for remediation and infrastructure works.
They will then negotiate and complete legal agreements with IMGF Developments Ltd, to pave the way for a residential planning application for 1,500 homes by Summer 2020.
IMGF Developments Ltd is a joint venture between ION Developments Limited and Midia Group and is producing a full residential masterplan for the site.
If planning is granted the first homes could be available by 2022.
Arup has been appointed by Liverpool City Council to produce and submit the remediation planning application, which will encompass a comprehensive excavation, processing and reuse strategy of the top 4-6 metre layer of material across the Development Zone.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has agreed to contribute up to £150,000 towards the total cost of a pre-remediation material processing trial of 1,000 cubic meters, which will assist in reducing the remediation programme.
It is also a pre-requisite of the Environment Agency, so that the site qualifies as a pilot project to demonstrate an innovative approach to waste processing and protecting groundwater.
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