Plans to demolish hundreds of homes in Liverpool have been put on hold after public opposition.

Liverpool council had been expected to approve the creation of two neighbourhood renewal areas last week, which would have led to almost 1000 homes being demolished over the next 10 years.

The decision to press ahead with the scheme in the Toxteth and Wavertree areas was delayed after residents insisted the council consider their concerns.

The move comes amid growing opposition to the housing market renewal programme. Housing minister Yvette Cooper revealed this week that the government wanted to review the number of homes being knocked down.

A spokesperson for the New Heartlands pathfinder, which is responsible for housing renewal in Liverpool, said proposals that were not supported by most residents would not be forced through.

A revised report will be submitted to the council’s executive board, which will make a decision on 8 July.