Inquiry prolongs Welsh Streets row

A public inquiry will be held into Liverpool City Council's proposed redevelopment of the Welsh Streets area of Toxteth which have faced opposition from conservationists for many years.

Cllr Mayor Joe Anderson said the call-in by Secretary of State Eric Pickles was "hugely frustrating and bitterly disappointing for the local community".

The council's planning committee approved plans on 23 July for a £15m scheme to deliver 150 new homes, refurbish 37 terraced properties and demolish 280 homes.

Anderson added: "These proposals were drawn up after extensive consultation with residents. It is residents that have been badly let down by this decision.

"This is hugely frustrating and bitterly disappointing for the local community. Residents have faced more than 10 years of uncertainty and delay, and made clear in no uncertain terms that they backed what has been put forward.

"We've been forced into this and so it must take place as quickly as possible. The uncertainty that this community have faced for far too long shouldn't be prolonged for a moment longer than it needs to be.

"I am personally fed up with government interference like this, which has now delayed local people having the good quality homes they deserve. All this community wants is certainty and the government has slapped them in the face with this decision. I am absolutely incensed that Mr Pickles, who supposedly champions localism, has ignored the overwhelming views of local people, and called this in, particularly when his own department has allocated funds towards the project."

Various groups opposed the plans, arguing more houses should be saved and the scheme should include other uses such as shops.

Local housing association Plus Dane could lose 50% of its funding for the project from the Homes & Communities Agency if the work is not completed by March 2015.

The plans have received extensive national media attention as Beatle Ringo Starr was born in one of the streets. His former home would be among those refurbished.

Your Comments

Read our comments policy

Last chance at the last minute to save and refurbish!

By Luke J Atherton

Oh.. ….off People need NEW HOMES!

By Enraged!

Doesn’t show much faith in the city mayor model the government foisted on liverpool. A deliberately provocative move. These streets are beyond repair for modern use.

By John brown

Its shows the Government hold Liverpool in utter contempt.Political point scoring at worst.The Tory/Lib Dem fools at their best. What are our Lib Dem cllrs doing about this mess their masters in gov create?? All quiet when no one to blame….

By Liverpool

Just like the streets around Anfield LCC have left these streets to rot. If the area had been properly managed and maintained there would be no need for new homes.
Cue a poor quality housing development which shall in itself need replacing in 20 years time.

Oh how I love our sector sometimes…


Related Articles

Sign up to receive the Place Daily Briefing

Join more than 13,000 property professionals and receive your free daily round-up of built environment news direct to your inbox


Join more than 13,000 property professionals and sign up to receive your free daily round-up of built environment news direct to your inbox.

By subscribing, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

"*" indicates required fields

Your Job Field*
Other regional Publications - select below