Help Bootle #BuildBackBeautiful 
Eco-friendly, affordable homes and thriving communities 

We believe that everyone deserves to live in a happy, healthy neighbourhood. That’s why we created Destination Bootle, the UK’s largest community-led housing project. And now we need your help to make it happen.
 
SAFE began life as a small creative arts collective in the late 1990s. We won commissions from hospitals, schools, public services and private contractors across Europe, to engage communities in the co-production of public artwork.
 
Alongside our community business hub – which houses 13 social enterprises – we own and manage our local pub, the Lock and Quay and care for five acres of public space adjacent to the Liverpool-Leeds canal.

Our neighbours have told us what they want and need, and we’ve turned our attention to community housing. Destination Bootle is the UK’s largest community-led housing project – a £38m project, designed to bring genuinely affordable, eco-friendly and future-proofed homes to Bootle. 

In March this year, our local council turned down planning permission for it. Alongside 187 homes, an investment of £38m and 110 new jobs for local people, it would have created a fossil fuel-free site, with geothermal heating and solar photovoltaic panels providing electricity to homes and businesses. Not only is it good for the planet, it’s good for the people that live and work there, lowering energy bills to reduce fuel poverty and give residents a better quality of life. 

Destination Bootle is designed by award-winning Ellis Williams Architects, which ranks in the Architects’ Journal top 100 for successful and innovative architectural practices. The site features five electric cars for residents and workers to hire, and is close to train services from Bootle New Strand and Oriel Road, alongside local bus stops and a cycle network that takes cyclists straight into Liverpool city centre. 

Yet the council rejected the application because its highways policy dictates two parking spaces per home – in spite of approving other plans that don’t include even one space per home, in an area where only 5% of households in the area own two cars and only 29% own one. Now it’s time to fight back. 

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