Homebaked is located in the Anfield/Breckfield area, North Liverpool, opposite Liverpool Football Club’s famous Kop stand. The neighbourhood is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year, and is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Liverpool.
Our immediate area was one of those designated for demolition under the former Housing Market Renewal Initiative.
The neighbourhood was made up of residential terraced streets, many of which were earmarked for clearance and emptied. Since the regeneration scheme stalled in 2008, streets upon streets have stood boarded up for years, waiting for demolition.
The high street used to offer a variety of independent local shops but has, in recent years, fallen into decline and now largely consists of fast food outlets catering to match-day visitors.
During this time Liverpool Football Club has twice changed ownership and for over 15 years remained undecided as to whether to extend their existing stadium or build a new one in Stanley Park.
For people living locally this has been a very difficult period. We have had our hopes repeatedly raised and then dashed by promises of regeneration which have been slow to materialise. Especially for those who have had to give up their home, or their business, these have been hard times.
Many houses have been demolished in the past few months and new housing is being built in their stead. The current local government. in partnership with other stakeholders, is developing a new scheme ‘The Anfield Project’ which proposes to finally improve the situation for this area.
We think that it is essential that this community takes an active part in this renewal and holds some of the assets and businesses in community ownership, making sure that a significant proportion of the financial and social value produced in our neighbourhood remains in the area.