Greenfield Sites Have High Environmental Value Too

Over the years Wildlife and Countryside Link has provided a great way of joining environmental voices together and also mediating in those cases where countryside and wildlife protection come into conflict. So it can only be a matter of great regret that it has, once again, decided to take sides in ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 September 2017

Fixing Our Brokered Housing Market

The grandly named new Government policy for Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places raises far more questions than answers, but the big one ministers will be asking is whether it will head off hostility from the rank-and-file at the upcoming party conference. Certainly the new methodology h...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 September 2017

Forever, For Everyone

Defending the environment for everyone, forever, is a pretty big ambition but that, at its most basic, is what sustainability means. But challenges do not come any bigger than promising things to everyone, forever. That ambition is, of course, what drives the National Trust and has done for more tha...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 10 September 2017

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Liverpool terraces spring back to life

Added on 29 July 2016

Work is getting underway on the restoration of Liverpool’s historic Welsh Streets area following their reprieve from central and local government attempts to destroy them under the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder initiative.

Their demolition was eventually halted following a public inquiry in 2014 but hundreds of houses were left derelict and deteriorating.

Last January a developer Place First reached agreement with Liverpool City Council to restore the homes and the first phase will see 35 terraced houses become 25 homes varying in size from one to four bedrooms.

“These are eminently useable terraces and we are confident the pilot scheme will prove a success,” said Mike Fox, deputy director of Save Britain’s Heritage which led the campaign. “We look forward to the refurbishment of the wider Welsh Streets site following on soon after.”

The Pathfinder project was set up by central government in the 2000s with the bizarre objective of increasing house prices in a number of areas of northern England and the Midlands.

At one stage around 400,000 Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses were under threat and some 30,000 were actually destroyed.

The plans envisaged their replacement with lower-density housing or grassing over the sites where they stood, notwithstanding the damage to the communities involved.

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