Plans to revitalise a block of vacant terraced properties next to the Homebaked bakery in Anfield have been submitted to Liverpool City Council.
Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT) is behind proposals which could see eight new homes created – as well as space for a micro brewery and pop-up shops.
The CLT’s vision also includes an expansion to the current Homebaked bakery to house a training and production workshop which will double as café seating during busier times.
The planning application relates to the refurbishment of 179-195 Oakfield Road and minor alterations to 197-199 Oakfield Road.
According to a document included with the plans, Homegrown Collective will occupy a unit at the opposite end of the terrace to the bakery – the ground floors of 179-181 Oakfield Road.
Homegrown will run a sustainable community-led business which will cross finance charitable and community activities within Anfield and Everton with surplus profits made by producing beer and non-alcoholic drinks.
The space within Homegrown will be utilised for a range of purposes including a community training brewery and a community social hub used for selling fresh produce; hosting social events and a community tasting room for testing, sharing and selling locally made craft alcohol products.
The CLT also wishes to provide space for other, yet to be confirmed, existing and start-up independent local businesses. Two smaller spaces have been identified at the southern end of the terrace and will accommodate non-food uses, such as craft-based retail or a hairdressers/barbers.
The document submitted alongside the planning application reads: “This is a community-led development, with a focus on local desires and needs.
“Homebaked CLT believes the people it serves deserve a beautiful, secure, warm and environmentally sound development that enhances the wellbeing and prospects of the people who live and work there.
“The CLT’s hope is that though space is limited within this terrace, this can provide inspiration and in the longer term potentially support for other spaces along the local high street to be opened up to local business and public-facing uses.
“There are currently many empty spaces along the street that could be given a new life if this project is able to act as an incubator and inspiration.”
Homebaked CLT is the sister organisation to Homebaked – the community-owned bakery located in the shadow of Liverpool Football Club’s famous Anfield stadium.