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Public inquiry into Welsh Streets set to begin

A public inquiry into plans to demolish 271 homes to make way for 154 new and 37 refurbished houses in Liverpool is due to open on Tuesday 17 June.

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 £15m scheme. Three have already been cleared, two are residential properties and three are commercial units. Five are already vacant.

Under the proposals, the new homes for the local community and residents will be available for affordable rent and sale.

The Welsh Streets plans form part of the wider regeneration of the Princes Park neighbourhood, with more than 805 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 due to be held at the Cunard Building at the Pier Head, and is expected to last for three weeks.

Cllr Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing at Liverpool City Council, said: "Our plans were supported by more than 70% 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."

To view the main documents and evidence submitted to the inquiry visit www.programmeofficers.co.uk/liverpool/

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