Liverpool Council has taken a big step towards establishing plans that could shape development in the city for years to come.

The council’s cabinet approved proposals to send its modified Local Plan out to consultation this morning after inspectors suggested a number of changes.

Every council is required to have a Local Plan. It sets planning policies within the local area and is a crucial document for guiding whether to approve or reject planning proposals.

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Cabinet member for development and economy Sarah Doyle said the changes to the plan, which will now be consulted on, would result in a range of improvements for the city, including more control over houses in multiple occupation and better green space protections.

Councillor Doyle said: “These changes are those considered necessary by the inspector to make the Local Plan sound.

“It will call for more planning control on HMOs, better space standards inside homes, protect our iconic environment and increase biodiversity, to mention a few of these important policies.

“This is a key milestone and is not to be understated. The Local Plan will provide a key policy framework for planning and development for years to come.”

Councillor Doyle thanked officers for their work on the plan, which was also praised by deputy mayor Jane Corbett and cabinet members Dan Barrington, Harry Doyle and Abdul Qadir.

A public consultation on the plan will now take place.

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