We desperately need new affordable homes. We also need to accept that, post Covid-19, home working is here to stay. How we develop our buildings for the future must reflect this.
The Caller report into Liverpool City Council has damaged the trust in our planning and regeneration process, not just in Liverpool, but across Merseyside. We need a new plan to fix this and attract fair and legitimate investment.
As Mayor I will;
- Set up a Liverpool City Region Housing Company that will take control of delivering the carbon neutral homes we need by bringing empty homes back into use, maximising the use of public land, and raising revenue to build homes of its own.
- Ensure the Liverpool City Region follows in the footsteps of Rotterdam and convert new empty office space into high-quality, affordable homes.
- Fight for Cladding Scandal victims Leaseholders should not pay to remedy fire safety defects they aren’t responsible for. Liberal Democrats are campaigning hard to solve this crisis and demand the government steps in to ensure all victims aren’t forced to pay for costs that aren’t their fault.
- End homelessness by working towards a Housing First policy - where a roof over your head is a right, not subject to any other conditions.
- Restore trust in our broken planning process by promoting a new framework for due diligence which will enable the local council planning officers to restrict the sale of council land and accommodation to companies or partnerships with unsatisfactory organisational form or funding and ensure that all Section 106 money for planning gain is paid in advance of work beginning on relevant sites.
- Instigate a series of inspection visits by planning staff to all major developments to ensure compliance with all development control agreements.
- Protect our region's parks. We will not build on our parks and will not agree to any development on them. Where land is in our ownership, we will transfer the land to non-profit making trust to create a long-term unbreakable lease.
- We will defend and enhance our World Heritage status and promote healthy competition to ensure that new build in the region is of high and sustainable quality and be environmentally sustainable in all its aspects.