Liverpool approves final chapter of Welsh Streets’ rebirth
Placefirst’s sixth phase of redevelopment will bring 13 homes and a small community hub to High Park Street in Toxteth, 20 years after John Prescott’s ill-fated plan to demolish the Victorian streets.
There will be five three-bedroom houses, as well as five one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments.
Designed by MBED Architects, the project is the final phase of Placefirst’s transformation of Liverpool’s Welsh Streets neighbourhood. Curtins is the engineer for the project, WSP the planning consultant.
The 10 streets were constructed in the 1870s by Welsh migrants.
Timeline up to Placefirst’s appointment
- 1973: The Welsh Streets Residents’ Association was formed, calling for improvements to the area
- 2002: Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott announced plans to demolish the estate as part of the Housing Market Renewal Initiative programme. The estate was to be replaced by 500 Victorian terraced houses and replaced with 370 new builds
- 2002-2011: The area was cleared of its residents and primed for demolition by Liverpool City Council
- 2011: Funding for £22m redevelopment was withdrawn by David Cameron’s government and the demolition did not take place
- 2013: Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson submitted new proposals for the demolition of 250 homes. The £15m plans stated that 150 new homes were to be built and 40 refurbished
- 2015: Eric Pickles, communities secretary, halted Anderson’s plans. Proposals had included the demolition of houses surrounding Ringo Starr’s childhood home, which was deemed harmful to tourism
- 2016: Liverpool City Council agreed a partnership with Placefirst for the regeneration of the area. A pilot scheme involving the refurbishment of houses in Voelas Street demonstrated how the houses could be remodelled.
The first three phases of Placefirst’s masterplan included the refurbishment of a total of 99 homes, completed in 2020.
Phases four to six are all new-builds. The approval of phase six means that the Welsh Streets neighbourhood will total 294 homes.
Phases four and five were completed in 2022; phase six is expected to complete in late 2024.
To read more about the plans for the final stage of the redevelopment of the Welsh Streets, search for application number 22F/1573 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.