Welsh Streets planning inquiry to get underway

Welsh Streets

A public inquiry into the regeneration of the Welsh Streets is getting underway on Tuesday 17th June in Liverpool.

Under the plans, 271 homes will be demolished to be replaced by 154 new houses, and 37 refurbished terraced properties – including the former home of Beatle Ringo Starr – will be refurbished.

The hearing will also look at plans by the council to compulsorily purchase the last eight of the 311 interests needed to deliver phases one and two of the £15 million scheme. Three have already been cleared, two are residential properties and three are commercial units. Five are already vacant.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “Our plans were supported by more than 70 percent of local people following a thorough and detailed consultation, so we will be making a strong and powerful case on their behalf at the inquiry.

“The residents of the Welsh Streets have waited far too long for regeneration. They have shown real determination, resilience and fantastic community spirit, to fight for a future where boarded-up, derelict properties are replaced by modern, family homes.

“Some are living in damp, cold conditions and it is having a major impact on their health. It is absolutely heartbreaking, and we are committed to delivering this project as quickly as possible, if we get the outcome the local community so desires.”

Under the proposals, the new homes for the local community and new residents will be built to a high standard and will be available for affordable rent and sale, providing a diverse mix of housing for the area designed to be energy efficient and spacious, with many including gardens.

The Welsh Streets plans form part of the wider regeneration of the Princes Park neighbourhood, with more than 80 percent of the 2,500 properties in the renewal area being retained.

The scheme was approved by the council’s planning committee in August but called in for public inquiry by Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.

The hearing is being held at the Cunard Building at the Pier Head, and is expected to last three weeks.

A special website has been set up which has all of the main documents and evidence submitted to the inquiry. It can be found at www.programmeofficers.co.uk/liverpool/