Kirkby £20m extra care scheme gets green light

A 180-home mixed extra care and affordable housing scheme by developers Lane End and Liverpool Mutual Homes has been given the go-ahead by Knowsley Council.

The council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for the project on a brownfield site on Westhead Avenue in Kirkby. The site formerly was the location of the Sacred Heart RC school, which closed in 2002, and an employment advice centre.

Designed by Paddock Johnson Partnership, the extra care scheme will be housed in a three-storey building containing 100 one and two-bed apartments, as well as communal facilities including a courtyard and café.

The building will be bordered by 48 homes, 16 flats, and six bungalows, which will be made available for affordable rent and rent-to-buy. The 16 flats are split across three two-storey buildings, and cover a mix of high-dependency and low-dependency accommodation.

Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, Cllr Christina O’Hare, said: “The Liverpool Mutual Homes development at Westhead Avenue will be an important addition to the high quality, affordable housing stock in Knowsley, which is really good news for local people.

“The development also helps us to meet the local need for Extra Care accommodation, as identified in our Extra Care strategy, which will allow more people to live independently in the community, with the appropriate support available to help them.

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