TRACK 1 NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING FOR BUSINESS How can businesses engage in Business Neighbourhood Planning, what are the advantages of them doing so and what are the implications for the character and quality of place at the City scale? Neighbourhood Planning Case Study Maresa Molloy Contents • Background to “Business Neighbourhoods” and Frontrunners. • LIPBNF The story so far…. • Hurdles and Help • Issues and opportunities • Further information Background to Business Neighbourhoods • British Chambers of Commerce and British Property Federation – noted that neighbourhoods were presumed residential. • Amendment to Localism Bill enabling businesses to bring forward NPs and NDOs • Take a lead and have a vote – where an area is wholly or predominantly business in nature. • 8 Business Neighbourhoods frontrunners identified including; Milton Keynes, Trafford Park, LIP, Team Valley Trading Estate, Bankside, Southbank & Waterloo, New West End Company and Aldershot town centre. Liverpool Innovation Park Business Neighbourhood Area The Area • Entirely business populated • 60 businesses, 2,500 employees. • 800,000 sq ft commercial & business • 4 key zones - LIP reception & main building, Wavertree Tech Park, Littlewoods Site, Development sites • Edged by areas of social deprivation. LIPBNF The story so far… • May 2011 – put forward expression of interest to become frontrunner (LCC, Ashtenne, Chamber) • Localism Act (Nov 2011)and NP regulations came into force July 2012. • Stakeholder Engagement (Dec 12 – April 13) via Liverpool Chamber. • Assembled Shadow Forum and Constitution. • Area application submitted Aug 2013, approved Oct 2013 • Forum application submitted Feb 2014… • Community Engagement stage The Hurdles • Unchartered territory • Questions on process – area designation, forum eligibility and designation etc • Changes in ownership and management within the park • Building a team (forum) • Council process – multiple directorates • Awareness & understanding The Helps • £20k frontrunner funds • Good relationship with Local Planning team, support has been forthcoming. • Locality Guidance, funding & direct support • Positive relationship with DCLG, networking with other areas. • Good business engagement and direct support with venues, butties, planning expertise, webhosting and design. • Project management / Chamber support Images of the area The issues • Strategic; key employment site, identity / purpose, infrastructure upgrades. • Landowners; attracting new tenants and keep existing, improved services, flexibility in landuse classifications, small scale extensions. • Businesses; safety & security, empty units, signage and fencing, design, parking and transport (movement & access) • Residents and Cllrs; Transport and access to employment. Opportunities • Create a new vision for the area. • Remove the need for planning permission for some development. • Grant planning consent for specific sites – Neighbourhood Development Order • Make the case for new facilities and amenities required by local people. • Remove planning obstacles for potential tenants and investors. • Influence infrastructure spend in the area via the Community Infrastructure Level (CIL) • Identify non-planning related projects that would benefit the area. • Enable sustainable growth. Further information Liverpool Innovation Park Business Neighbourhood Forum www.lipbnf.org.uk Maresa Molloy Public Affairs [email protected] Tel: 07753 691 984 Further information & Support #neighbourhoodplanning www.locality.org.uk www.mycommunityrights.org.uk planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk www.ourneighbourhoodplanning.org.uk www.neighbourhoodplanning.biz How can businesses engage in Business Neighbourhood Planning, what are the advantages of them doing so and what are the implications for the character and quality of place at the City scale?