Views sought on Liverpool’s 12,000-home housing strategy

Views sought on Liverpool’s 12,000-home housing strategy

The city council wants to hear feedback on a strategy to deliver 2,000 homes in each of the next six financial years and increase the supply of affordable housing in the city.

Announced earlier this year, Liverpool City Council has now launched a consultation on its 12,000-home housing strategy, which it says could trigger a “£1 billion housing construction boom”.

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As well as delivering more homes overall to keep pace with population growth, a key aim of the strategy is to double the proportion of discounted homes available in Liverpool from 10% to 20%.

Of the 10,700 new homes built in the past five years, only 11% are classified as affordable housing, according to the city council.

To achieve its goals, the council plans to partner with Homes England, eventually redevelop the Festival Gardens site and release authority-owned land to expand the housing pipeline.

In addition to building new homes, the city council has begun a review of existing homes that are currently empty.

Bringing the approximately 8,000 vacant private homes back into use could support the city’s housing goals.

Liverpool leader Cllr Liam Robinson said the city is “ready to play its part” to help the new Labour government achieve its ambitious housing delivery targets.

“The council recognises the challenges people face in acquiring a property, which is why our new draft housing strategy has set a target of 2,000 new homes a year, with a fifth of those being affordable,” he said.

“The underlying issue of supply and demand is also at the heart of our mission – that’s why we’re working with a range of partners to unlock key blighted sites and systematically reduce the number of vacant properties.”

He added: “Together, this will help kickstart a £1 billion boom in housebuilding across the city, which will have a huge impact on our economy and workforce.”

Liverpool’s final housing strategy, which will inform the local plan, is scheduled to be approved by cabinet in autumn 2024.