Regeneration work recognised by Shadow Housing Minister

The shadow housing minister has visited Liverpool to witness how local organisations are working together to regenerate the city.

Emma Reynolds MP, pictured above with Walton MP Steve Rotheram and Assistant Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, visited Anfield to see the city’s £260 million plans to create new housing and employment opportunities including the refurbishment work that has already been carried out on Tancred Road.

She also looked at the council’s innovative Homes for a Pound scheme in Granby, and the work going on in Norris Green where a scheme on the former site of the Boot Estate is delivering homes for sale and rent.

She also visited Claremont Gardens at St John’s Place, a David Wilson Homes North West development in Kirkdale, which has been built on the site of the former Easby estate.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “Housing is one of our key priorities and we were delighted to show the shadow housing minister some of the innovative work that we are doing to improve areas which have been neglected for far too long.

“We also talked through some of the challenges we face, such as in the Welsh Streets where residents who want the area regenerated are frustrated about delays caused by the public inquiry.

“It’s vital for Liverpool that we provide the type of affordable homes that people want and tackle the problem of empty properties that are no longer fit for purpose, by bringing empty homes back into use where it’s appropriate.”

Emma Reynolds said: “It is fantastic to see the work taking place in our towns and cities to regenerate previously disadvantaged areas. I was pleased to see the positive impact re-development has had on the local community in Kirkdale.”

A recent report showed that Liverpool is on-track to deliver ambitious new homes target set by the Mayor. New figures, in the city’s annual Residential Development Update, show that 477 new homes were built in Liverpool in 2013, with work on a further 883 properties, at 32 sites, getting underway during the year. The Mayor set the target, in 2012, of delivering 5,000 new homes for the city by 2016, and the housing activity which has taken place over the last two years means that more than 3,560 new houses have either been completed, or are in the process of being built.