Housing boost for Speke and Garston

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, have welcomed a new scheme which will see over 170 new homes built in Speke and Garston.

They were given a guided tour of South Liverpool Homes’ (SLH) development, 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 four-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.

As well as driving forward the physical regeneration of the area, the scheme is also creating jobs for the local community, with up to nine apprenticeships created through a joint initiative between SLH, Countryside Properties and Fusion 21.

Councillor 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.”

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.”

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

Image (l-r): Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, SLH CEO Julie Fadden and Councillor Ann O’Byrne visit the new development.