Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, John Healey MP, joined forces with Labour’s candidate for Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram MP, to highlight his bold vision for housing across Merseyside and Halton.
The Metro Mayor hopeful is set to unveil a Housing Challenge Competition to discover and pilot innovative ways to build new communities fit for the 21st century – introducing new approaches for older people, modern community mutual and co-operative models, self-build initiatives, community-led neighbourhood design, new funding approaches as well as modern methods of construction.
The competition will be open to individuals and organisations to design a neighbourhood of 4-500 dwellings, setting out innovative approaches to community involvement, design, build, financing and sustainability, with the aim of achieving a strong, resilient neighbourhood having a real sense of place and wellbeing.
The Walton MP is determined to promote strong, vibrant and empowered communities in each part of the Liverpool City Region, taking an asset-based approach to community development rather than focusing on problems and privations.
Speaking about the policy, Steve Rotheram MP said:
“Today I have been showing our John Healey, our Shadow Housing Secretary, two pioneering examples of some of the principles I’m aiming to encapsulate in the Housing Challenge.
“The Eldonians in Liverpool is a long-standing example of a community-owned estate that is close-knit, safe and resilient. The site in St Helens is a model of community involvement in neighbourhood management. Both demonstrate the power of empowering local communities and showcase what we need to capture for the communities of the future. This is part of my vision for building 21st century communities across the Liverpool City Region.”
Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP, added:
“It’s been great to spend the day with Steve and see the innovative housing schemes that are making a big difference to communities in Liverpool. And Steve’s housing challenge, which will encourage many more innovations like this, shows how Labour in power can deliver the homes that people need, where the Conservative Government can’t or won’t.”