Predict And Arrive

I was recently challenged to produce a plan for building five million homes in over the next 50 years. My initial reaction was to react like the apocryphal bloke in deepest rural Ireland who, asked by a passing motorist the way to Limerick, replied that if he were going to Limerick, he wouldn-apos-t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 November 2017

Affordability And Need

One of the big arguments put forward for the huge greenfield housing developments now being imposed by central government is that they would deliver so many homes they would lower house prices, and maybe even rents. The latest addition to this canon comes from the Royal Town Planning Institute which...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 08 November 2017

A Guide To The Greed Belt

A guide to green belts to address common misunderstandings is long overdue, but an organisation set up with the specific purpose of building more houses is not the body to provide it. In fact it is pretty much the worst possible author of such a publication. So I approached the Housing and Finance I...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 29 October 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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