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Liverpool FC's stadium expansion presses ahead as Anfield demolitions begin

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Development

Liverpool FC's stadium expansion presses ahead as Anfield demolitions begin Liverpool FC's stadium expansion presses ahead as Anfield demolitions begin

The ground work for Liverpool Football Club's stadium expansion is underway with houses behind Anfield's Main Stand being demolished.

Empty homes on Lothair Road have been knocked down to prepare for the planned expansion - which will see the Main Stand's capacity increase from 12,500 seats to 21,000.

Lothair Road will eventually be completely demolished to help make way for the proposed 96 Avenue - a site to be built in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, mayor Joe Anderson said: “It’s great news. To see the diggers go in signifies our determination and desire for this project to succeed.

“It is not only good news for Liverpool FC , it is great news for the wider community. This is a massive regeneration project which will act as a catalyst for the whole area, bringing new housing, shops and jobs.

“It has been a long time coming – ideally we would have wanted to do this earlier but I am really pleased that a start has been made.”

Meanwhile, the childhood home of Beatle Ringo Star will make up part of a public inquiry into the regeneration of the Welsh Streets, due to start next week.

Under the plans, 271 homes will be demolished to be replaced by 154 new houses, and 37 refurbished terraced properties will be refurbished.

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

Assistant Mayor councillor Ann O’Byrne 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.”

Under the proposals, the new homes will be built to a high standard and will be available for affordable rent and sale, providing a mix of housing for the area designed to be energy efficient and spacious, with many including gardens.

The Welsh Streets plans form part of the wider regeneration of the Princes Park neighbourhood, with more than 80% 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.

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