Ringo's home saved in Liverpool redevelopment plan
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government
Ringo Starr Street
Residents have come out in support of plans to redevelop homes on Liverpool's Welsh Streets.
Liverpool City Council plans to build over 150 new homes and restore 37, including the birthplace of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr at 9 Madryn Street , in the areas of Dingle and Toxteth.
The £15 million scheme will involve the demolition of 280 houses, clearing the way for 280 new homes for affordable rent and sale.
Property services consultants DTZ were commissioned in August 2012 to carry out an up-to-date Neighbourhood Renewal Assessment (NRA) for Princes Park, to evaluate housing renewal options and to explore the aspirations of local people.
The firm looked at a range of options and concluded that the council and housing association Plus Dane Group’s plans for the “replacement of obsolete housing and redevelopment with new homes” was the most effective method to support the regeneration of the Welsh Streets.
The report found that the council’s proposals for the area would offer a comprehensive scheme to support the physical, environmental and perceptual transformation of the area.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: "This review has been invaluable in providing an up-to-date picture of housing in the Princes Park area and gauging what local people want. We have already been given a clear message from the majority of Welsh Streets residents that they are in favour of our plans, and this report gives us further confidence in the potential of this scheme to drive forward the regeneration of the area.
"We are now looking to press ahead with the submission of the planning application for the scheme. We believe it will revitalise housing in the Welsh Streets, and deliver the type of homes that people have consistently told us they want to live in, with gardens and driveways.
"Everything we are doing is aimed at creating a vibrant, attractive and sustainable neighbourhood, with a good mix of housing. Residents have endured too many delays in the revival of their neighbourhood and I would hope that we will now be able to move forward quickly with these exciting plans."