RealWorth was appointed in May 2019 to work with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to deliver an ongoing social value evaluation of its Spatial Development Strategy.
We are helping the Combined Authority to evaluate the social value of every policy within the SDS, at every stage in its development, to ensure that they consider the social impacts, in areas such as health and wellbeing, as well as their economic outcomes.
The SDS will set out an integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of the Liverpool City Region over the next 20–25 years.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Devolution enables us to do things differently and we have seized that opportunity with both hands when it comes to developing policy.
… we are the first Combined Authority to incorporate a social value evaluation into our Strategic Development Strategy. Economic growth in the city region needs to benefit everyone and that is why we are determined to ensure that the social and environmental impact of any future development is considered alongside the more traditional economic measures.”
To date we have done a summary of social value in planning policy and have identified the social value potential of specific policy options, under a number of criteria such as health, inclusive economy and place making. RealWorth also provided comments on LCR’s objectives for the SDS ahead of planned engagement for the end of 2020.
On November 10th 2020 the combined authority will be going to non-statutory engagement to gauge public opinions on the five objectives for the SDS – one of which is social value.