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Thursday, July 19, 2023

Compulsory purchase order to aid Liverpool's regeneration

National regeneration agency English Partnerships has made a new compulsory purchase order (CPO) to deliver the comprehensive regeneration of the Edge Lane West area in Liverpool.

The Edge Lane West area is part of the 350m Edge Lane Project to transform the corridor from the M62 into Liverpool city centre into an urban boulevard befitting a major European city.

The CPO is needed to bring the final properties in the 21.7 acre site into public ownership.

To date 301 of the 370 properties needed have been acquired by Liverpool City Council or are in the final stages of being transferred to the council and negotiations are continuing with owners of the vast majority of the remaining properties.

Once the CPO has been granted, the project partners will provide:

- around 280 new homes, including sheltered housing, affordable housing for hospital staff and other key workers, modern apartments and family homes

- a much-improved environment with high quality new architecture, an improved setting for landmark buildings such as St Cyprian?s Church, new paving, lighting and the planting of new trees

- an urban boulevard with safe pedestrian crossing points

- new and improved retail facilities for the local community, together with an improved setting for local businesses

- new employment floorspace to provide jobs for the community

- a new state-of-the-art health centre

- a much-improved setting and safer access to Kensington County Primary School and the Life Bank

- a much safer and improved environment for the people living in the area.

Eliot Lewis-Ward, English Partnerships Area Director for Merseyside and Cheshire, said: "The comprehensive regeneration of the Edge Lane corridor is of critical importance for Liverpool and the wider region, and will deliver significant housing, employment and environmental benefits for the community. Most of the properties in the CPO area are already in public ownership and we are continuing discussions with the vast majority of the rest to acquire them by agreement. However, a CPO is needed to bring all the land into public ownership. Then we will be able to bring about the comprehensive regeneration of this area."

Ian Hassall, Chief Executive of Liverpool Land Development Company, which is leading the Edge Lane Project, added: "We know the overwhelming majority of the local community supports the plans for new homes, new business space, a much safer road and a much better environment. They are desperate to see progress and an end to the dereliction in this area. Indeed, residents have presented a petition to call for progress to be made. We owe it to the local community and the city of Liverpool to help bring about the transformation of this area."