The Liverpool City Region Spatial Development Strategy, UK

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) is a statutory planning document that provides a strategic plan for the development and use of land across the six local authorities that are encompassed by the city region for the next 15-25 years.

The SDS will set out an integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of the Liverpool City Region.

The LCRCA appointed RealWorth in May 2019 to deliver an ongoing social value evaluation of the SDS. To complete this undertaking, RealWorth is evaluating the social value of every policy within the SDS, at every stage in its development, to ensure that it considers social impacts, in areas such as health and wellbeing, as well as their economic outcomes.

To date RealWorth’s role has included:

  • Completing a summary of social value in planning policy
  • Identifying the social value potential of specific policy options, under a number of criteria such as health, inclusive economy and placemaking
  • Providing comments on LCR’s objectives for the SDS ahead of the second round of engagement in November 2020
  • Writing a social value policy to embed social value into the SDS

“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."

Steve Rotheram Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
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