20 April 2004
WYG's Manchester office has been appointed by the North West Regional Assembly to undertake a strategic study to determine the need, if any, for changes in the Green Belt around Greater Merseyside to accommodate likely development requirements to 2021 and beyond. The need for this study was highlighted in Regional Planning Guidance for the North West, published in March 2003.
The study will examine the future development requirements of key sectors including housing, employment, education and transport within the sub-region and investigate whether the existing urban area can accommodate this growth.
The research will assist in the implementation of Regional Spatial Strategy and will involve detailed consultation with the six districts comprising the Greater Merseyside sub-region as well as adjoining authorities, the Government Office for the North West, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, the North West Development Agency, the Merseyside Policy Unit and Mersey Travel.
The study will draw upon the findings of the Merseyside Housing Capacity Study, currently being undertaken by White Young Green Planning in association with the six Merseyside Authorities. Both these projects reflect the sub-regional approach to spatial planning currently being pursued within Merseyside.
Keith Nutter, WYG Director, said:
“We are delighted to be instructed to conduct this critical research and recognise that it is the next logical step following the Merseyside Urban Capacity Study. WYG is well aware of the extensive programme of regeneration initiatives underway within the Greater Merseyside area, which seek to transform the area through sustained economic growth and population stabilisation. This study will be important in ensuring there are sufficient physical resources to accommodate the resurgence of this key part of the North West Region and that Greater Merseyside can provide a benchmark for urban renaissance within the UK.”
WYG's town planning consultancy is one of the largest specialist teams of chartered town planners in the UK. The firm advises on town planning matters in relation to public and private sector development proposals from offices located throughout the country.