Local residents are being asked to help shape proposals for over 100 high-quality new homes in the Yew Tree area of north Liverpool by attending a community consultation event.
The proposed development will be one of the first to be delivered by Liverpool City Council’s new “ethical housing company” Foundations as it targets the completion of 10,000 new homes over the next decade.
Birkenhead-based partnership homes developer Lovell has been appointed to build two-, three- and four-bed homes proposed for land between Denford Road, Ackers Hall Avenue and Dunchurch Road.
With a planning application about to be submitted, the project team is seeking feedback from local residents and other community members.
- A community consultation event will run from 2pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday, 11 July at Blueberry Primary School, 111 Ackers Hall Avenue, Liverpool L14 2DY. It will include the chance to view the proposals, ask questions of the project team and comment on the scheme.
Frank Hont, Chair of Foundations, says: “This community consultation event is a landmark moment for the future of Liverpool’s housing sector as it will give the public the first opportunity to see how Foundations is going to change the way thousands of people are going to live in this city.
“We’re fully committed to working with Lovell on this particular scheme and making it a success. This consultation is vital to understanding any local issues before the planning application is submitted and work begins on Foundations’ first homes.”
“We’re committed to working closely with the local community,” says Lovell regional managing director Nigel Yates. “Hearing their views is an essential part of the process as we prepare the planning submission and the feedback received will shape the final proposals. We want as many local residents and stakeholders as possible to have their say and look forward to hearing from them.”
The proposed new homes, some of which will be designed to Lifetime Homes standards, are earmarked for an empty piece of land previously occupied by a city council housing estate.
The planning application is set to be submitted in August. If approved, the Lovell construction team aim to start construction by the end of 2018.
In addition to the community consultation event, comments on the proposed scheme may be sent to Ackers.firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundations is the flagship housing policy for the Mayor of Liverpool who wants to use the company to rebalance the city’s housing stock, revolutionise the rent-to-buy sector and drive up council tax receipts through a £500m build programme. Formally established in January, it has been tasked with improving the availability of good quality, affordable homes in the city as well as creating bespoke properties for foster carers, large families, the elderly and people with a disability.
Another key aim of Foundations is to future proof the city’s housing market for an ageing population, ensuring people can live independently for longer and provide intermediary accommodation that help keeps people out of long-term hospital stays. It will also help reduce properties becoming void and reduce the chances of properties being converted into inappropriate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
Foundations will also underpin the city council’s other major strategic housing goals such as the renewal of older neighbourhoods and increasing the levels of home ownership in the city by offering tenants rental products that will enable residents to move from rental to home ownership.