A Quick History…

In 2004, The Welsh Streets became the focus of a national debate on housing and regeneration, when a block of Victorian and 1950‘s built homes was threatened with demolition courtesey of  of a New Labour  scheme called HMR Pathfinders. Significantly, the bulk of these homes were owned by  CDS (now Plus Dane) a handful were  owned by Liverpool City Council, LHT or Maritime Housing Associations. Around 30% were owner occupied.

Many local residents appealed for alternatives to demolition, determined to remain in their homes. They began  a campaign, which  debated the wisdom of  the HMR plans The campaign  forewarned  later  pressures on housing affordability and supply. Seven years on and the houses remain, sealed up, un-maintained and  under threat of demolition, despite hundreds of local people seeking access to them for sale or rent.  The  Welsh Street Homes Group  continue to challenge the plans for demolition there work endorsed by organisations such as SAVE Britain’s Heritage, WSL, The Empty Homes Agency and Merseyside Civic Society.