Build to Rent provider Placefirst has had plans for the 6th and final phase of The Welsh Streets single-family Build to Rent neighbourhood in Liverpool approved at planning committee. This comes shortly after The Welsh Streets was named as Housing Development of the Year at the Insider North West Residential Property Awards in January.
The final phase of the development will deliver a terrace of 13 new homes – a mix of three-bedroom family homes and apartments. Three of the properties will be designed to be fully wheelchair accessible and the scheme will also include a new community hub where Placefirst’s dedicated resident services manager will be based. Construction on the final phase will start later this year.
Designed by MBED Architects, Phase 6 of The Welsh Streets will create a traditional terrace that has been considered to be in-keeping with the existing street scene and character of the surrounding area, adding to the energy-efficient homes it has created to date. Other members of the team include Curtins (engineers) and WSP (on planning).
Placefirst worked closely with Liverpool City Council on the plans to bring the land situated between High Park Street, Wynnstay Street and Kelvin Grove forward. At this new accessible community hub, Placefirst intends to continue its focus on community engagement initiatives and maintain a strong on-site presence.
Including Phase 6, The Welsh Streets neighbourhood will total just under 300 single-family Build to Rent homes, a mix of refurbished and new build. Placefirst has invested over £40m into the project to date, with residents contributing an annual £1.7m spend to the local economy.
“We are delighted that Liverpool City Council has approved our plans to deliver 13 new homes for rent and a new community hub at The Welsh Streets. This represents a key milestone as it is the final phase of development at this neighbourhood, where we have worked with partners to transform the area into a popular and vibrant community.
“The Welsh Streets showcases what long term partnerships and Build to Rent investment can deliver in terms of regeneration and placemaking, and we look forward to starting construction work later this year.”James Litherland, Head of Planning, Placefirst