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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.