LMH targets empty homes in Toxteth
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) has gained planning permission to tackle empty homes with its Granby Four Streets project in Toxteth.
Work will start on-site imminently after LMH appointed contractors HMS Ltd and Penny Lane Builders to transform 54 homes. In total, 96 Victorian properties will be brought back into use in the £14 million scheme that sees Liverpool City Council working in partnership with the Community Land Trust, LMH, Plus Dane Group and the Northern Alliance Housing Co-operative.
The scheme supports Mayor Joe Anderson’s aim to bring 1,000 empty properties back into use in Liverpool by 2015. The 54 homes targeted by LMH are on the same street where Liverpool City Council’s pioneering Homes for a Pound scheme has been in operation, with the first £1 house allocated on Cairns Street last October.
Maggi Howard, director of assets and enterprise at LMH, said: "Residents have waited long enough to get to this point and we are pressing ahead at speed to meet the demand for high-quality affordable housing in Granby. The work will transform the area, build on its history and not only create a neighbourhood local residents deserve but one they can be proud to call home once again."
Funding for the scheme comes from LMH, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Empty Homes Round 2 programme and Cluster of Empty Homes money from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Photo shows an artist's impression of completed work.