Liverpool Councillors visits new homes in South Liverpool
Published by Michelle Bloore for South Liverpool Housing in Housing
Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, SLH CEO Julie Fadden and Cllr Ann O'Byrne visit new homes in Speke
Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Ann O’Byrne and Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy were given a guided tour of South Liverpool Homes (SLH) regeneration programme in Speke and Garston which will see over 170 new homes being built in the Speke and Garston area.
The development is a mixture of two, three and four bedroom homes for affordable rent, shared ownership and for sale. The first phase is now complete and tenants have moved into 26 new homes at Church Mews and Linner Road, the first new homes to be built in Speke for over 30 years.
The councillors also visited the spacious 4-bedroom renovated homes in Island Road, Garston, which has seen a property that was derelict and an eyesore converted into a vibrant development for larger families. The visit extended to the ‘eco’ scheme at Lyon Street, Garston, where tenants are benefitting from the latest energy efficiency measures to keep their fuel bills down.
The second phase of the programme is gaining momentum with work beginning on site in Speke which will see a further 40 new homes for affordable rent built, 16 homes available to buy on a shared ownership basis and 81 homes for sale by Countryside Properties.
The £20 million regeneration programme has been part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency who contributed £1.4 million towards the homes for rent and Liverpool City Council who contributed £172,000 towards the shared ownership homes as part of their Housing Delivery Plan to build 2,000 new homes in the city.
However it’s not just about physical regeneration, it’s also about creating jobs for the local community. This investment will generate up to nine apprenticeships through a joint initiative between SLH, Countryside Properties and Fusion 21.
Wayne Gales, SLH Group’s Director of Operations said “We are delighted with the progress that’s been made and it really does emphasize what can be achieved when housing associations, developers, local authorities and the HCA work together. There is a high demand for affordable housing in South Liverpool and this development will provide a choice of good quality homes whilst bringing areas of derelict land back into use.
“Providing opportunities for local people to gain work experience through apprenticeships is a high on our agenda and we’re really pleased that the development programme is able to support this.”
Cllr Ann O’Byrne said: “We continue to make fantastic progress in delivering high quality, affordable housing across Liverpool, and this new development is the latest success story for our city. To see the first new homes being built in Speke in decades is wonderful, not least because of the huge boost it will give to the local community.
“I was delighted to visit some of these new homes and find out more about this major investment in Speke and Garston. It’s great news that the first tenants are already moving in, and I look forward to the scheme moving forward in the coming months to deliver a diverse mix of housing that fully meets the needs of local people.”
The second phase is expected to be complete by summer 2014. For more information or to register interest about renting a home from SLH visit www.thinksouthliverpool.co.uk. For homes for sale visit www.newhomesinspeke.co.uk