News | 15/07/19

Ambitious community-led housing gets green light

Residents in Anfield and Everton are celebrating after plans to revive parts of Oakfield Road in community ownership were given the go-ahead.

Today (15 July) Liverpool City Council granted planning permission to Homebaked Community Land Trust to re-develop the Edwardian terrace of 9 properties as part of a dynamic scheme.

Work is expected to begin on the block, which has Homebaked bakery on its corner, in the autumn.

Homebaked Community Land Trust (CLT) will refurbish the buildings and transform them into eight modern homes, three new business units and an extension to the thriving Homebaked co-operative bakery.

Internal layouts will be amended to create different types of homes – from fully accessible apartments to traditional terraced houses. Special attention will be paid to insulation, energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions – part of what the CLT says is a local response to the global climate emergency.

The main driver of this approach is to keep future tenants’ energy bills low and their homes warm and healthy. All of the homes will benefit from natural sunlight, south facing windows, individual winter gardens and private outdoor space as well as communal areas for socialising and play.

The terrace on Oakfield Road is owned by Liverpool City Council and has been vacant as a result of the Housing Market Renewal Initiative. Residents have spent the last six months working with Homebaked CLT to develop plans for its revival with architects URBED, attending drop-ins and workshops. Independent trust Power to Change and the Homes England Community-Led Homes Fund provided the funding for the feasibility process behind the development.

Angela McKay, Homebaked CLT co-founder and local resident, says: “It is great to see these lovely houses being given a new lease of life. They had been earmarked for demolition since the days of the Housing Market Renewal Initiative. Back then, residents who lived and grew up in this area were often left with no choice but to sell and the community risked being forgotten. Now we are rebuilding what still is a vibrant, diverse community with a real desire in reshaping its own future.”

Ralph Bullivant, chair of Homebaked CLT, added that any regeneration had to be carefully managed to make sure homes remained affordable for all residents. He explains: “It is very important for our members and participants to make this area a better place to live, work and play for ourselves and for future generations. The idea of a community land trust is for the people who live and work here – so the ones who have a real stake – to lead on the development of local assets, like homes, community spaces or shops and own them together to make sure they stay affordable in the future.”

Alongside the residential units, space for local and community businesses has been approved, including one unit for Homegrown Collective, a community training brewery and hub for social events.

Homegrown Collective are residents of Anfield and Everton whose long-term grassroots community activities on local green spaces led to the development of ongoing landscape design horticulture training in the neighbourhood. Their new training brewery aims to recycle surplus products in their brews and embrace low carbon processes. They will also offer an affordable pop-up fruit and vegetable market, a space for local people to meet and continue to learn new skills.

On the next phase of the project Homebaked CLT will work in partnership with Your Housing Group to secure Homes England grant funding to be able to develop their plans for Oakfield Road.

Your Housing Group has a long-standing relationship with Anfield. Over the last 10 years it has invested £30 million in a regeneration project which includes the refurbishment of over 100 terraced properties and the construction of 106 new homes.

Dave Litherland, Head of Regeneration, Your Housing Group, said: “We have been an active partner in Anfield for over a decade now. With our long-standing knowledge of the area, partnering with Homebaked CLT on this project further underpins our commitment to creating a brighter future for local residents in Anfield.”