Liverpool draws up plans for former HMR area
Liverpool Council has approved a plan to start regeneration in areas of the city affected by the end of the housing market renewal programme.
The work will involve the council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Arena Housing Association which will refurbish properties in the Anfield area of the city.
The plans will bring together the former phases 6 and 7 of the Anfield Breckfield HMR area into one major project. Some of the 600 properties in the area will be demolished.
Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: ‘Our plans aim to accelerate the regeneration of the area, providing modern, affordable homes which people want to live in and creating a vibrant, attractive neighbourhood that everybody can be proud of.
‘There’s a great deal of work to do, but I’m delighted that firm plans are now being put in place to finally breathe new life into housing in the area. It’s really good news for the local community who have been left in limbo since the scrapping of the HMR programme.’
The majority of the properties in the new area, which will be called Anfield Village, are small terraces with access straight from the pavement, high vacancy rates, no back gardens and in poor condition. The partners have agreed that the properties and surrounding environment will have to be significantly altered to be attractive to new and existing residents.
A number of options are being explored, including creating larger houses for families by knocking two-into-one and carrying out selective demolition to create space for gardens in the remaining properties.
There is also work to explore possible sources of funding, such as the new empty homes grant, which is available for local authorities and is particularly aimed at areas of low housing demand.
The full range of options for the area are now being worked up, to be presented to residents at community consultation events in April. Work could begin as early as this summer.