By Sarah Almond
Up to 1,500 new family homes will be built at the Festival Gardens in Liverpool.
It comes courtesy of a multi-million pound fund from Homes England, where Liverpool City Council have been granted a cash injection of 9.9 million pounds to tackle the housing crisis in deprived areas.
The grant comes from the Government’s 450 million pound Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme, to enable development on the site.
Redeveloped from a 230 acre major waste disposal site, the International Garden Festival 1984 was to be the genesis of Liverpool’s eventual cultural and commercial renaissance.
But, due to the lack of funding, this subsequently meant there was a lack of maintenance for the landmark; as noted by visitors on TripAdvisor.
One said the park was once a wonderful place, but has now been ‘let go’ and appears to be ‘unloved’.
Jake Berry, member of Conservative party said this would be beneficial for the city.
It’s great news our housing delivery agency @HomesEngland are putting £10m investment into regenerating #FestivalGardens, Liverpool – this is a boost for the city, which is in need of new family homes, and growing the #NorthernPowerhouse economy pic.twitter.com/Ys3LIw6AbT
— Jake Berry (@JakeBerry) 28 February 2019
Work is set to commence this spring, with the first homes being available by 2022.