The Mayor of Liverpool is demanding that a decision on the future of the Welsh Streets be decided locally.
The City Council’s planning committee has approved plans for a £15m regeneration of the area, which will see 150 new high-quality homes developed as well as the refurbishment of 37 terraced properties and 280 homes will be demolished.
The plans was drawn up after extensive consultation with residents
Following the committee’s decision, the Department for Communities and Local Government issued a directive which meant that the planning consent was put on hold until the Secretary of State decides whether to intervene or not
Now the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, is calling on the Minister, Eric Pickles, to let the scheme proceed.
He said: “The local community have said in no uncertain terms what they want in the Welsh Streets and as Mayor I have listened to them in progressing these proposals.
“They are fed up with constant unnecessary delays which are stopping them having the good quality homes they deserve. There now needs to be certainty for the future. Eric Pickles also has to listen to them and decide that this is a decision which should be made locally by people who know and live in this neighbourhood.
“For a government which is supposed to champion localism it would be a travesty if this decision was made in Whitehall rather than Liverpool. His own government has even supported this scheme through grant allocations so I can’t imagine what reason there is for any further delay.
“I urge the Secretary of State to stop any further prevarication, listen to the overwhelming local opinion and let the regeneration of the Welsh streets go ahead as soon as possible.”