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Liverpool City Region is one of the LES Partnership’s ‘Regional Groups’. Through the initiative, they have been updating planning policies, shaping the Local Transport Plan, and delivering low emission vehicles.

May 2011Gary Mahoney recieves climate leaders award

The Regional Group held a dissemination event on 6th April in Liverpool City Centre. The event was attended by 46 delegates with presentations describing progress on each output and from Electric Vehicle recharging infrastructure suppliers.

LES Policy Guidance

The LES Policy Guidance note was presented to the round up meeting. An update report and the draft note will be submitted to District Planning Officers Group and Development Control Managers. Individual contact will be made with Officers from each Merseyside Planning authority to discuss developing and implementing the note over the next year. Both the guidance note and the new Low Emission Toolkit will be trialled on suitable development within Sefton.

LES within the Local Transport Plan

The third Merseyside Local Transport Plan (LTP3) became active from 1st April 2011. Integration of low emission strategies into LTP3 will mean that ongoing development and implementation of LTP3 will continue the work streams initiated as part of the RGI. Districts are required to consider low emission strategies when developing implementation plans.

Supporting Low Emissions Buses

The group produced a report to explore the use of offset contributions to support low emissions buses. Consideration is being given to develop this further if suitable funding can be found.

Controlling Construction Emissions

The group has produced a draft Merseyside good practice guide for controlling construction emissions. This will be discussed within the Merseyside Pollution Group, before being circulated to authorities for adoption.

Options for Low Emission Taxis

A trial of emissions reduction technology fitted to 4 taxis, 2 hackneys and 2 private hire, will start in May. The trial will involve monitoring for 1 month prior to installation of the equipment and 6 months after followed by dissemination of the results.

March 2011

Liverpool City Region is incorporating Low Emission Strategies (LES) into their planning process and the new Merseyside Local Transport Plan. Their proposals to tackle transport emissions have been recognised by a Northwest Climate Leader award. They include measures to support low emission vehicles, piloting alternative fuel taxis, financial incentives for low emission buses, and reviewing low emission procurement policies.

Using the planning system

Working collaboratively, the group has completed a draft Planning Policy Guidance Note. This is a first step of integrating a LES into the mainstream planning process in the region. This note can form the basis of future Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) which will strengthen the strategy by requiring developers to consider and mitigate emissions associated with new developments.

The Merseyside Local Transport Plan

The City Region is making good progress in building LES into the new local transport plan. The Preferred Strategy sets a goal to “Provide and promote a clean and low carbon transport system”, and describes how their LES will deliver reductions in transport emissions to improve air quality and reduce Merseyside’s carbon footprint. LES measures under consideration include promotion of low emission fuel infrastructure, demonstration projects to reduce HGV and taxi emissions, and incentivisation of low emission travel choices such as differential charges at bus stations.. The preferred strategy was consulted on between September and November 2010, and will be finalised in April 2011.

Supporting Low Emission Vehicles

There has already been headway on the introduction of low emission vehicles to the city region. Pilots of alternatively fuelled taxis have met with an enthusiastic response from taxi licensers, and led to a recent electric taxi demonstration day. Whilst a Merseyside Plugged in Places bid was unsuccessful, the relationships formed during the bidding process can provide a legacy for regional support of electric vehicle infrastructure.

Other initiatives:

  • Exploring the use of offset contributions to support low emissions buses
  • Examining how LES could be used in controlling construction emissions. The group has agreed to produce a draft Merseyside good practice guide to be circulated for discussion.
  • Investigating inclusion of LES within taxi licensing

The legacy of the Regional Groups Initiative will be reported at an event on the 6th April 2011. Ongoing projects will include an alternative fuels strategy, developing the policy note into a Supplementary Planning Document, and continued work on the local transport plan, taxis, procurement and construction dust. The projects have been integrated into existing workstreams at Sefton MBC, so will continue as resources allow.


Contact details

Low Emission Strategies Partnership

[email protected]

Regional Champion - Gary Mahoney, Sefton MBC

[email protected]

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