Arnside Rd Two Become One
Published by Anonymous for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Local Government
Arnside Road Our Place Launch (L-R Riverside Ian Gregg, Sue Ward, Liverpool Councillor An O'Byrne and Riverside Tom McGuire
Ten new homes in Arnside Road, Liverpool 7 are being regenerated by Riverside-backed project Own Place from 20 empty houses bought from Liverpool City Council.
Riverside Director of Asset Management, Ian Gregg explains: “The 20 empty terraced houses had a very small two up/ two down layout. We decided modern family life requires more room and designed 10 new homes fit for the 21st Century by knocking through two into one.”
Own Place - which won a UK Housing Award for Making Best Use of Stock – allows people, who couldn’t otherwise afford to buy their own home, to become owner occupiers. Long-term disused properties, including the Arnside Rd homes, have been revitalised through Own Place working with Liverpool Council and £1.2m funding from Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Ian is pleased with the success of the scheme: “Own Place is proving a successful scheme and affordable housing has never been more important. Since we launched five years ago, we have brought over 350 empty homes back into use for sale to first-time buyers. We are passionate about working with local authorities to bring empty properties back into use, revitalising the surrounding communities.”
Liverpool city council cabinet member for housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “It’s fantastic that this area is being regenerated. We have worked closely with the local community to find ways of bringing properties back into use and attracting people into the area and this is a great way of providing affordable good quality housing.”
The properties in Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral are improved to a mortgageable standard before being sold at a 25% discount to incentivise buyers to remain as owner occupiers for a minimum of five years.
The Arnside Road show home will be ready for viewings in July 2014, with the development due for completion by December 2014.