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Derelict Toxteth church to be transformed into new flats… but there’s a catch

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A disused church in Toxteth could be transformed into new flats – but prospective buyers will need to help build their homes themselves.

St Bernard’s Catholic Church on Kingsley Road was built in 1901 but had fallen into disrepair after standing empty for five years.

Now the church could be saved by a community-led, low cost housing development which works on a ‘self-build’ approach where buyers are asked to help build their own homes.

The building was gifted to Liverpool housing charity Housing People, Building Communities (HPBC) by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool.

A planning application has been submitted to Liverpool City Council to convert the historic building into 11 residential units.

The plans also propose building four new two-bedroom apartments and a detached house within the church site.

The Archdiocese previously gave the charity 2.2 acres of land near St Bernard’s Church, which was developed into 32 new homes on a scheme which saw locals spending up to 500 hours helping to build their own homes in return for a £10,000 contribution to their deposit.

The stunning gothic church is one of the few surviving Victorian buildings on the street, and it is hoped the remaining stained glass windows will be saved.

The disused St Bernard’s Church on Kingsley Road

Plans submitted to the council show the vision for the future of the building, with new-build homes sitting alongside the…



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