Welsh Streets master plan
set to be approved
LIVERPOOL City Council's Cabinet is set
to approve a masterplan for the Welsh Streets. The vision for the area has been
drawn up in partnership with specialist development company Placefirst, who are
nearing completion on a pilot scheme to bring some of the terraced properties on
High Park Street and Voelas Street in Princes Park back into use.
The masterplan envisages 294 new homes which will be a mix of refurbishment and
new build. There will also be improvements to the streets, drainage and the
creation of communal gardens to the rear.
To address a shortage of larger homes in the area, the majority; 124; will
have 4 bedrooms, while 109 will have three and the remaining 61 will have 2.
It is envisaged that 30 of the houses will be affordable rent, 35 will be shared
ownership / rent to buy, 194 will be let at market rent and 35 will be available
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "Placefirst have done an excellent
job bringing some of the homes back into use as part of their pilot project, and
together with the local community we have now drawn up some really exciting
plans to breathe new life into the area and give it a long term, sustainable
This is about providing certainty for the local community following years of
frustration in which their wishes were thwarted by Central Government's
interference in the local planning process.
We've already demonstrated with the regeneration of Anfield and our Homes for a
Pound scheme that we are leading the way in finding imaginative ways of
retaining properties where it is viable to do so, and this project reflects our
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said:- "I hope
residents are encouraged at the progress that has already been made. For far too
long they saw their hopes and dreams thwarted through no fault of their own. We
have been working closely with the local community because there are a range of
views about the way forward. We have done our very best to accommodate this by
bringing forward proposals for a range of property sizes and tenures to suit a
range of families and budgets. I would like to thank residents for their
patience, resilience and support over the last few years and sticking with the
area when some of them are in poor health as a result of the conditions they are
The Council is also working with Plus Dane, the local social landlord, with a
view to developing a further phase of improvements to their properties in the
area. A 7 unit pilot refurbishment will start later in 2017.
If the masterplan is approved at the Cabinet meeting, on Friday, 23 June 2017, a
planning application will be submitted with more detailed proposals and designs.