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£17m new homes plan to help families in need in Merseyside


Published by RichardBramwell for Symphony Housing Group in Housing and also in Environment

A £17million investment plan has been drawn up to provide families with new homes and help people get a foot on the property ladder in Merseyside and Cheshire.

Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) is planning to build 145 new properties in Liverpool, Knowsley and Runcorn between 2015 and 2018.

In Liverpool, negotiations are underway to acquire land on which to build 51 houses and flats for affordable rent and shared ownership in areas including the south of the city.

And in Runcorn, 48 new homes are set to be built, including two-bedroom houses and low-rise flats.

Exact locations are not yet confirmed, but discussions are ongoing about specific sites in the hope that construction can begin in spring 2015.

News of the developments comes after Symphony Housing Group – which LHT is a member of – successfully bid for more than £5million from the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) Affordable Homes Programme 2015-18.

Twenty of the 145 properties will be available for affordable home ownership – a part-rent, part-sale scheme which allows people to buy a stake in their house or flat. The remainder will be available for affordable rent.

Gill Ferris, head of development at Symphony Housing Group, said: “We’re not just delivering homes to rent, we are providing real choice. It’s much-needed, especially in south Liverpool because it’s much harder for people to get onto the property ladder there.”

LHT managing director Sue Westwater added: “We’re delighted to have received this funding because it means we can provide more quality, affordable homes for families.

“This is more important than ever before, with research this year highlighting a major housing shortage in the North West, with house prices and private rents out of reach for many local people.”

Meanwhile, work is continuing on a number of current LHT developments, with some of the homes expected to be available before Christmas.

At Banks Road, Garston, £1.7million is being invested in 19 new properties – 13 for rent and six for affordable home ownership.

And at The Avenue, Halewood, a £2.5million development will provide 21 new homes – 17 for rent and four for residents to part-buy, part-rent.


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