Anfield Village building work to start within weeks says Liverpool council
Source: Liverpool Echo
Work is due to start within weeks on a long-awaited £25m housing regeneration scheme in north Liverpool.
The final plans for Anfield Village show 374 homes, including 168 empty properties, will be saved and refurbished.
Another 224, including 116 derelict houses, will be demolished to make way for a new estate.
The plans include creating larger houses for families by knocking two into one, with pilot schemes in Saker Street and Gurnall Street due to start in August.
Liverpool council today said all residents who would be affected by the plans were consulted and almost nine out of 10 approved.
The work follows the government’s decision to axe the city’s housing market renewal initiative (HMRI), which was supposed to see the demolition and redevelopment of swathes of homes in Anfield, Wavertree, Edge Lane and Dingle.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is great news for Anfield and marks a major milestone for this important scheme. Residents have waited too long for this work to happen and were rightly concerned and frustrated.
“I am delighted we are now working effectively with our partners to drive forward these plans and build a better future for the area.”
The Anfield Village plans involve around 600 properties which lie in the former phases six and seven of the Anfield-Breckfield HMRI area.
They fall within the boundary of Back Rockfield Road, Walton Breck Road, Sleepers Hill and Gilman Street, close to Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium.
Cllr Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for housing, said: “I am confident the programme of improvements we have worked up – with a good balance of refurbishment and demolition – will revitalise housing in Anfield. I can’t wait for it to get started.”
The project will be paid for with a mix of funding from the council, the Homes and Communities Agency and landlord Your Housing.