LMH brings forward Edge Lane homes

Housing association Liverpool Mutual Homes has submitted plans for 145 homes on Edge Lane.

The 3.7-acre site is also bounded by Royston Street, Durning Road and Marmaduke Street. LMH expects to invest close to £20m in a project divided into two primary elements: three to four storey buildings fronting Edge Lane, containing 107 one and two-bed apartments, and 38 two- and three-bed homes facing Royston Street.

The scheme has been designed by Bowker Sadler Architecture.

Chris Bowen, development director at LMH, said, “The Edge Lane scheme is a great example of how LMH is working to deliver affordable quality homes as well as significant regeneration across Liverpool to tackle the city’s housing shortage.

“We anticipate strong demand for the low-cost home ownership properties, backed by the exciting growth taking place in this part of the city and Edge Lane corridor as a whole, including the new Royal Hospital and adjacent Knowledge Quarter.”

The project comes under the banner of the Liverpool Housing Partnership created by Liverpool City Council. Earlier plans to deliver homes in the area were shelved following the delayed delivery of the Edge Lane widening project. The site was previously occupied by terraced houses, now demolished.

Cllr Frank Hont, LCC’s cabinet member for housing, said, “Edge Lane is bookended by two vital regeneration schemes, the Knowledge Quarter and Liverpool Shopping Park, which means that it is important that we get the right mix and quality of housing for local people.

“This is the latest phase in the ongoing improvement of this neighbourhood, aimed at making it a great place to live and reversing decades of decline.”

A public consultation was held on 1 June. Dependent on approvals, construction on phase one could begin in early 2018, ahead of full completion in 2020.

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“What exactly have they done to Edge Lane – its worse than before!” This is the comment I get from visitors to the city! And where did all those lovely old houses go? etc. etc. So tiring of hearing people say oh in any other city except Liverpool they would be cherished. Not so they were demolished but then nothing seems to have been done with the space created. Most cities have a better gateway – why cant we? Please sort it out……….

By Bob Dawson

Those ‘lovely old houses’ were in private ownership and largely in an disgusting condition. Landlords didn’t maintain them and let out rooms to dozens of people, mainly foreign workers. What planet are you on suggesting that Edge Lane is worse than it was before?!!

By Rob

What a load of old tosh Bob. I worked on the houses that have now been raised in a previous life. They were knackered, especially on the south side of Edge Lane having been split into awful bedsits in many cases. Although this scheme doesn’t look amazing what is proposed is a major improvement. Far too many people in this city speak with rose tinted specs about the past. Who are all these visitors making such comments you refer to – do you work for the tourist board or something or was that a bit of artistic licence? Edge Lane is now moving forward at pace (at last). Give it another 2 years and it should look unrecognisable! Except to those who want Liverpool to be a museum of dereliction of course


This scheme looks a shocker

By Brian Makin

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