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Published by Anonymous for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government

Arnside Road showhome launch with Riverside Own Place team and Liverpool City Council Arnside Road showhome launch with Riverside Own Place team and Liverpool City Council

Ten new homes in Kensington, Liverpool are being creatively 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. Through creative design, we’ll see ten new homes created after builders knock through to create spaces more befitting modern family life.” A show home demonstrating how the completed properties will look is now ready for viewings and all properties, due for completion this December, are available for sale at a 25% discount to incentivise buyers to remain as owner occupiers for a minimum of five years.

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 Road 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.” The properties in Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral are improved to a mortgageable standard before being sold.

Liverpool city council cabinet member for housing, Cllr 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 Arnside Road show home is open for viewings on Tuesday August 5th and Tuesday August 12th, 10am-2pm.

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