remediated dev zone next to festival gardens site c lccc

Festival Gardens has been earmarked as a priority project to meet housing need. Credit: LCC

Views sought on 12,000-home Liverpool housing strategy

The city council wants to hear feedback on a strategy to deliver 2,000 homes in each of the next six financial years and ramp up the provision of affordable housing in the city.

Trailed earlier this year, Liverpool City Council has now launched a consultation on its 12,000-home housing strategy, which it says could unlock a “£1bn housebuilding boom”.

Have your say – liverpool.gov.uk/housingstrategyconsultation

As well as delivering more homes in general to keep pace with a growing population, one of the main aims of the strategy is to double the proportion of discounted homes available across Liverpool from 10% to 20%.

Of the 10,700 new homes built in the past five years, just 11% are classed as affordable homes, according to the city council.

In order to achieve its aims, the council plans to partner with Homes England, finally redevelop the Festival Gardens site, and release authority-owned land to grow the pipeline of homes.

In addition to building new homes, the city council has launched a review into existing homes that are currently empty.

Bringing the estimated 8,000 vacant privately owned homes back into use could support the city’s housing aims.

Liverpool Leader Cllr Liam Robinson said the city is “ready to play its part” in helping the new Labour government meet its ambitious housing delivery targets.

“The council recognises the challenges people face to get on the property ladder, which is why our new draft housing strategy has set out a target for 2,000 new homes a year, with a fifth being affordable,” he said.

“The underlying problem of supply and demand is also at the heart of our mission – which is why we are working with a range of partners to unlock key brownfield sites and to systematically reduce the number of empty properties.”

He added: “Together this will help kickstart a £1bn boom in housebuilding across the city, which will have a huge impact on our economy and workforce.”

The final Liverpool housing strategy, which will inform the local plan, is scheduled to be approved by cabinet in autumn 2024.

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Does ‘development management’ and planning committee know of these ambitions to build all of these houses? Hardly anything is getting planning at the moment and they’re the reason why. Also, does the Council realise how low values are here, yet build costs are the same as other cities? It needs to get a grip on the reality of not being able to deliver of affordable housing, as well as all its other policy ambitions, such as all housing at M4(2), 10% at M4(3), NDSS, greater proportion of two beds. The stalemate with Accessibility requests for every single 1 bed to be a minimum of 1 bed 2 person 50sq.m. accommodation also needs nipping in the bud. In this context, this strategy is a waste of time as nothing will be built!

By Anonononymous

Inviting objections these consultations

By Anonymous

This has been rambling on for long enough now. Just get on with it!

By Anonymous

Always have to consult, are they not capable of designing good homes , preferably terraced, and interspersing these with pocket parks. If only 11% of homes built in the last 5 years are classed as affordable then whose fault is that surely the Housing Associations and the council who restrict building heights and listen to the NIMBYs who complain about every development. The vast bulk of the public know little about design and architecture , we only have to look at the rubbish that was built along Park Lane when you ask people what housing they want.

By Anonymous

It’s been 84years

By Anonymous

What about vacant council owned properties and land. Get them sold and get it built!

By Anonymouse

The main photo is Festival Gardens, I believe that cost £60m restore the site how can they expect to put 20% affordable housing there to justify that outlay. We hear the Council has lots of land available that can be developed but so have many rogue landowners who are sitting on land with planning permission , and hoardings up, but nothing ever happens.

By Anonymous

The Garden festival site is prime real estate given its location and river views and should be treated as such . Any other large city would relish such a prime opportunity. The expensive land remediation works are complete so why no progress ? The city could run a design competition to attract outstanding designs and ensure this premier location does not end up looking like a bland area full of Mock Tudor . The city has numerous suitable sites for affordable housing which at 20% might prove problematic for developers. Please lets not waste this superb location

By Paul M - Woolton

Liverpools covered in cheap and terrible affordable homes many empty and derelict.

Maybe just build nicer homes?

By Anonymous

We will be living in a concrete jungle housing only being built for people who were not born on this country

By Anonymous

Schools? Doctors? Shopping?

By Anonymous

Festival gardens has the potential to add another 5000 cars 2 / house onto riverside drive which is already full of trucks and major congestion at rush hour. Those who buy will be car owners don’t try and predict they will all use public transport the nearest supermarket is miles away. Is the land safe from sink holes unlike other city developments! Where will the schools and medical facilities provide this large village with places.

By Busby

Housebuilders develop the homes people want to buy, at the price points they can afford. The fact that 89% of those sold were, by the council’s counter-intuitive definition, ‘unaffordable’, tells you that the housing market in Liverpool is pretty robust. Any quick scoot around Rightmove tells you there’s not an affordability problem in Liverpool; there is, however, the issue of neighbourhood management shaping prices. Most people doing well will want to live in the south end, forsaking the north of the city and compounding its myriad issues. When some people complain that they can’t afford to buy a house in Liverpool, what they mean is they can’t afford to buy one in Lark Lane or off Allerton Road. Get the product and neighbourhood management right and you can attract people back to the north end – just look at the lovely new estates around Westminster Road. Problem is, many parents look at the performance of high schools in the north end and run a mile (or five).

By More Anonymous than the others

Just get on with it. Endless consultations just delay build and increase cost.

By Anonymous

Garden festival site should never have been earmarked for housing. As has already been said in previous comments the drive along this road is already congested and anyone who lives anywhere along this stretch often can sit for 5 minutes waiting to actually exit on to the road. Extremely busy as there is only 1 set of traffic lights at Aigburth Vale, then the next set is by the Coburg pub. 3 pedestrian crossing on a stretch or road that is several miles long is not good enough, never has been and no silly half baked plans to satisfy another 2000+ homes will alleviate existing issues never mind new ones if they build. Of course they can consult, but any feedback will be ignored as they have committed to a site that has already cost millions more than projected (nothing new there). So to save face, new houses built, most will be shared or private ownership due to the cost of developing, will cause more congestion and will be packaged as addressing the needs for housing despite ignoring the need for social housing (not affordable). Either way it will be more misery for the people that actually use this road who have had to endure years of repeated roadworks at the same locations St Michaels and the near 18months farcical development that was turning a car park into a coach park! Do they think we have forgotten the last plan to build social housing that quietly failed………

By Anonymous

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