A city council’s new housing company has received the green light from planners for its first major housing development.
Foundations was launched recently by Liverpool City Council to shake-up the housebuilding market in the city and get more homes built. Now, with planning consent granted for its scheme in the Yew Tree area, work is expected to get underway in Spring 2019.
The housing company, and Birkenhead-based partnership homes developer Lovell will build 105 two-, three- and four-bedroom family homes, subject to the completion of the legal agreement.
The mixed tenure scheme will transform two pieces of land between Denford Road, Ackers Hall Avenue and Dunchurch Road by providing high-quality new homes for sale and rent.
The homes will be the first to be built through Foundations’ £1 billion programme to deliver 10,000 new and refurbished homes over the next 10 years, helping meet the city’s target of creating 30,000 new homes by 2030.
With small terraced properties dominating local housing stock, the council said there is also an urgent need for larger family homes, and properties which are suitable for modern lifestyles and flexible enough to be ‘future-proof’ as residents’ needs change.
“We’re delighted to get consent for this development and look forward to moving on site at the earliest opportunity to commence work,” said Frank Hont, chair of Foundations. “This is just the first of a number of schemes we will be bringing forward in the coming months and years to provide the right kind of homes for our residents and our communities.”
Lovell regional partnerships director Tahreen Shad added: “It’s fantastic that this scheme has been given the go-ahead, marking an historic moment for housing in Liverpool. As a company which is based locally with a strong record of delivering high-quality new homes for the city, we’re excited to be working on this pioneering development with Foundations and the council.
“The scheme will make an important contribution to the availability of locally affordable family homes in the city’s Yew Tree area. We look forward to creating modern, well-designed homes which properly meet the needs of the local community, as well as helping boost local areas through job creation and training opportunities.”
The new homes for Yew Tree will take shape on land previously occupied by a council housing estate and will provide 56 two-bed; 39 three-bed and four four-bed houses, as well as six bungalows.
All will have front and back gardens and off-street parking and will be built to modern standards of insulation and energy-efficiency. Properties have been designed to be easily adapted as residents’ needs alter over their lifetimes. The scheme has been developed following extensive consultations with the local community and has been sensitively designed to respect the amenity of nearby homes.
Foundations is a flagship housing policy for Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson. He wants to use the company to rebalance the city’s social housing stock, revolutionise the rent-to-buy sector and drive up council tax receipts.
It has been tasked with creating bespoke properties for the homeless, foster carers, large families, the elderly and people with a disability and to improve the availability of good quality, affordable homes in the city.
“The approval of its first scheme is a great milestone for Foundations and I look forward to many more developments becoming a reality over the coming years,” Anderson said. “Giving people hope and a stake in this city’s future is at the heart of Foundations as we look to create not just new homes but new communities as well. We are at the beginning of this journey but it’s one that has been well mapped out and will be delivered.”