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The homes are being built on the site of the derelict St Jude’s church

ForHousing starts Stockbridge Village homes  

Sarah Townsend

The developer, part of ForViva Group, is building a residential scheme of 24 affordable homes in Knowsley, expected to form the first of a two-phase project.

The £3m development, called Round Hey, is being constructed on the site of the derelict St Jude’s church in Stockbridge Village, which is currently being demolished.

Of the 24 homes, 18 will be one-bedroom apartments and six will be three-bedroom houses. The scheme, which is part-funded through a £1.25m grant from government agency Homes England, is scheduled to complete in autumn 2021.

The contractor is Crossfield Construction and the architect is Eden Building Design.

In February, ForHousing completed what it describes as the first affordable housing scheme in Stockbridge Village for more than a decade – a £1.6m development of 16 homes on the site of the former Barley Mow pub.

ForHousing has another investment in Stockbridge Village – a  £12m, 90-home extra care development called Jackson Gardens, which is due to be completed this year.

The company has plans for additional, smaller developments in Stockbridge Village and Knowsley, and a second phase at Round Hey.

Nigel Sedman, group director of homes at ForHousing, said: “It’s great to be on site working on this development after a few uncertain months.

“Affordable homes are needed now more than ever and we’re proud to be bringing these high-quality new homes to Stockbridge Village.

“The development will also bring some great employment opportunities to the area and follows the successful Barley Mow development we completed last year.”

Cllr Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development at Knowsley Council, added: “[It’s good] to see this derelict site being brought back into use, providing much-needed affordable homes in Stockbridge Village.”


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It’s all very well filling the estate with more housing, which means more people.How about more shopping areas and educational needs to supplement this?


Gosh we are 60 years on from the inception and planning of ‘sink estates’ and I would ask, how far have we come in that time? Cantril Farm, planned as part of the population relocation due from ‘slum clearance’ without the Council thinking of jobs, transportation, local economy, or social needs, has changed over time, but has it improved? Built on the Radburn principle, it separated people from cars, and had general walkways into the centre; very French. After a massive injection of cash in the early 80s aimed at refurbishment and remodelling the residential areas, and then later with a smaller shopping parade; Cantril Farm originally had a small podium level shopping centre, and initially nine 16 – 22 storey tower blocks; the principal causes of deprivation haven’t changed. Almost as soon as people started to arrive from inner city Liverpool its decline had started. In many ways it could never succeed because key elements were not considered. By the late 70s unemployment levels were over 50%, so too few had too little. This accompanied other changes in society, like ‘care in the community’, the wonderfully ‘successful’ abandonment of the mentally ill. Although only around 6km, as the crow flies, from the City centre, it may as well have been on the dark side of the moon. All cities have these sink estate areas, Park Hill estate Sheffield, Aylesbury estate, Robin Hood Gardens (London has a few estates; as does Glasgow), Chelmsley Wood, Wythenshawe, Skelmersdale, the list goes on. The way cities have changed one would forget the likes of Kirkby, originally very, very successful fell into decline due to economic reason, whilst Milton Keynes went on from strength to strength.
There are now three or four classes of sink estates, some much better than others; none I have seen as bad as some around Paris. The poorest ones have become a place where society hides the old, the ill, the socially immobile, the poor, the great unwashed.

Building new houses is good and all, but urban regeneration is so much more than bricks and mortar.

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