PlusPlans to complete the regeneration of Liverpool’s Granby Four Streets will be put forward to the council’s cabinet this week.
Work on 77 of the Victorian terraced properties is already underway thanks to a number of schemes from the city council and housing associations – spearheaded by members of the local community.
The cabinet will be asked to support an offer to the owners of 34 homes to carry out improvements to the facades of their properties. Costs for the work on the frontages has been raised from both the city council and Empty Homes funding.
Five houses that still require work on Cairns Street will be transferred to a housing co-operative while the refurbishment of homes on Ducie Street are also moving forward.
38 properties on Cairns Street and Jermyn Street are currently in the process of being redeveloped by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH). The Granby Community Land Trust have been given 10 of the houses with five now part of the council’s Homes for a Pound Scheme. Alongside this, 24 properties on Beaconsfield Street are currently being improved by Plus Dane.
Councillor Frank Hont, cabinet member for housing, says: “Anyone who has been down to the Four Streets recently knows that it is a hive of construction activity with a huge amount of work going on, and the area is literally being reborn.
“The turnaround in the area in a short space of time has been little short of remarkable, and huge thanks must go to our partners and the local community for working with us positively to come up with a new plan after many years of false dawns.
“We are now at the stage where we want to bring the remaining homes in the neighbourhood up to scratch, which is why we are proposing offering financial assistance to owners to carry out improvement works on things like brickwork, windows and roofing. We are hoping it will encourage the owners of the small number of empty privately owned properties to bring them back into use.”
Ronnie Hughes, campaigner and board member of the Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust, adds: “This is great news – I am really please about the plans and happy for the residents. In some ways, they have been the last to see the benefit of this scheme so it’s great to hear this news.
“I am also very happy about the plans for Ducie Street and delighted that more homes will be transferred to a housing co-operative.”