Placefirst, the residential for rent specialist, has submitted plans for 52 new-build homes in the Welsh Streets to Liverpool City Council.
The £8m proposal includes a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom houses a part of a wider 299-home masterplan that includes the refurbishment of more than 300 Victorian terraced properties.
In what is Placefirst’s first application for new build in the area, this phase of houses will be located on Voelas Street, South Street and Wynnstay Street, taking up a mix of longstanding vacant sites and areas where refurbishment has been deemed impossible. Once delivered, the new homes will stitch together the historic street pattern of the Welsh Streets, impacting most on South Street, a key pedestrian route currently characterised by blank gable-end walls. MCAU is the architect.
Placefirst said that, similar to the refurbished properties, the new build homes will have access to attractive landscaped communal avenues which are replacing the yards and alleys typically associated with terraced housing.
Consultation was held in December. Subject to planning approval and enabling works, Placefirst hopes to start construction by summer, with works to be led by in-house contractor Placefirst Construction. Hoes will be available from early 2020.
David Smith-Milne, managing director of Placefirst, said: “These new designs for Welsh Streets will make a great contribution to the ongoing regeneration of this historic neighbourhood, and offer even more people a genuine alternative to volume housebuilder solutions.
“At a time when build-to-rent is largely characterised by small, urban apartments aimed at the young, and ownership starter-homes offer little other that small, identikit houses disconnected from established communities, Placefirst are creating aspirational, larger and architecturally exciting homes and leading the way in housing can be exciting and interesting once again.”