£15m Welsh Streets regeneration a step closer


Plus Dane Group and Liverpool City Council have welcomed today’s endorsement by the planning committee of the Group’s proposals to deliver a £15m regeneration scheme for the Welsh Streets.

Plus Dane Group and Liverpool City Council have welcomed today’s endorsement by the planning committee of the Group’s proposals to deliver a £15m regeneration scheme for the Welsh Streets.

This marks a major milestone in the scheme, which will see 150 new homes developed as well as the refurbishment of 37 terraced properties - 16 on Madryn Street (including the former home of Ringo Starr), 5 on High Park Street and 16 on Kelvin Grove.

Ken Perry, Chief Executive of Plus Dane Group, said: “This is a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Welsh Streets.

“Plus Dane has long been committed to working with local residents to develop a scheme for new homes that will have the biggest impact on the lives of local people and support the wider regeneration of the area.

“It is great news that we are now a step closer to delivering a £15m scheme for the Welsh Streets that will create a vibrant mix of high quality homes, along with a number of refurbishments, offering more choice and new green open spaces to meet a wide range of needs.

“This scheme has been developed working side by side with the local community for over 10 years, who have remained determined and resilient throughout the whole process."

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “Today’s decision by the planning committee will be warmly welcomed by the majority of the Welsh Streets community. It’s a huge milestone in delivering this vitally important scheme for the area.

“Local residents have waited too long for the investment this area so desperately needs. They have shown real determination and fantastic community spirit for more than 10 years, to fight for a future where boarded-up, derelict properties are replaced by modern, family homes. That day is now one step closer to reality.

“Plus Dane and Liverpool City Council have worked closely with the community, taken on-board their views, and listened to their hopes for the future. Together, we have come up with a scheme that we believe fully meets the needs and aspirations of local people.

“The planning committee has judged this application on its merits and has endorsed it. I’m confident that the Secretary of State will agree that these plans will rejuvenate the Welsh Streets and create a thriving, sustainable neighbourhood for generations to come.

“These plans focus on delivering the type and mix of homes that residents have consistently told us they want to live in - houses with gardens and driveways .They focus on a better balance of housing in the area.

“And at the heart of everything we are doing is local people. We know, from our extensive consultation, that the vast majority of them are in favour of the plans. They are fed up with the delays and just want us to get on with delivering their new homes. I’m optimistic that we’ll soon be able to grant their wish.”  

Under the scheme, the new homes for the local community and new residents will be built to the highest standards 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. Under the plans, 280 homes will be demolished.

Today’s endorsement follows 10 years of consultation with the local community and rigorous independent evidence looking at a range of housing renewal options to inform the most effective scheme to support the regeneration of the Welsh Streets.

Following the resolution of the Planning Committee to approve the Welsh Streets planning application, the Department of Communities and Local Government have issued an Article 25 Direction which means the Secretary of State will not allow the Local Planning Authority to grant planning permission without specific authorisation. This is to allow him to consider whether or not he wishes the application to be referred to him for determination. If he decides that he does want the application to be referred to him then it would involve a public inquiry which would take place at a time and date to be set. If he decides that he does not want the application to be referred to him then the Local Planning Authority will be able to make the decision on the application in accordance with the Planning Committee resolution”.