Redrow has submitted a planning application for 60 homes on the site of the former Holly Lodge school

Liverpool pushes forward with £200m homes programme

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Liverpool City Council is set to approve the first phase of its housing development programme, bringing forward 17 brownfield sites across the city for residential projects.

The Liverpool Housing Partnership is delivering the programme, which aims to provide 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use. The partners include Redrow, Wilmott Dixon, Liverpool Mutual Homes and the council.

Redrow will provide a range of private sale executive homes and will identify and acquire land to enhance the council’s own development sites, Wilmott Dixon is the contractor, while LMH will develop affordable housing by investing its own funding and by attracting grant funding and also seek to bring 1,000 empty properties back into use. The council will provide strategic planning and housing need information.

The first tranche of the programme has been recommended to Liverpool City Council’s cabinet on Friday 27 November for approval. This is made up of 17 separate schemes across the city delivering 600 homes, including 360 for affordable rent and 240 executive homes. There will be 580 new-build properties and 71 refurbished.

The approval will see the director of regeneration and employment services granted authority to dispose of some of the sites to Liverpool Mutual Homes for less than best consideration, meaning below market value, and a budget of £695,000 allocated for demolition costs.

The council estimates that the first phase will bring £97m of private investment into Liverpool, and will generate £7.4m of capital receipts which will be used to build more affordable homes.

The 17 sites which are due to be delivered by the beginning of 2020 are:

  1. Leighton Dene – 40 homes, scheduled for completion in January 2017, at the planning application stage
  2. Holly Lodge – 60 homes, completion July 2019, planning
  3. Redbridge & Bankview – 60 homes, completion July 2019, planning
  4. Tetlow Street – 16 homes, November 2016 completion, planning
  5. Former Larkhill Library – 8 homes, October 2016 completion, planning
  6. Former Central Tin Factory – 45 homes, Sept 2017 completion, planning
  7. Everton Road – 10 homes, December 2016 completion, planning
  8. Eldon Grove – 45 homes, December 2018 completion, at the feasibility stage
  9. Acrefield Road – 12 homes, July 2018 completion, feasibility
  10. Watergate School – 21 homes, May 2017 completion, on site
  11. Banks Road – 100 homes, September 2019 completion, feasibility
  12. Lower Lee – 19 homes, June 2017 completion, feasibility
  13. Palmerston – 26 homes, September 2018, feasibility
  14. Edge Lane – 100 homes, December 2019 completion, feasibility
  15. Marwood Towers – 81 homes, September 2017, on site
  16. Normanton Avenue – 8 homes, December 2017, planning
  17. Land off Harthill Road – Amount of homes to be confirmed, March 2020 completion, currently masterplanning

The site of two former schools in Fazakerley is also set to be the location of a 60-home development as part of the programme.

A planning application submitted by Redrow Homes covers a 6.5-acre site which was formerly occupied by Redbridge and Bank View High Schools, off Sherwood’s Lane.

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Was Prince Charles involved in the design process?

By Jonty

Is the land off Harthill Road the miniature railway in the park? Also what does below consideration mean?

By Bob Dawson

Georgian cars?

By confused

The design above looks grand. Better than some characterless boxy modernist rubbish

By James

They were very forward thinking…

By Man on bicycle

Desperately needed……

Had a good walk round Liverpool city centre yesterday, for some light Christmas shopping but also to get some photographs for my nephew’s college assignment on property valuation. It’s good to walk our towns and cities to get a good look around from time to time, not done it for a long time. Anyway, there is no other city that can provide such an assortment of buildings in various states of existence. From street to street you literally go from the old to the new to the not-quite-there to the nearly to the promised to the never-built. Bold Street has a natural bohemian vibe that Manchester will never have, but Liverpool can only dream of Manchester’s regeneration impetus.

What two fantastic cities we have in the north. Both very different, but both bloody amazing…

By Ady

They benefit from each other more than they realise, but Manchester’s centre, by Irwell, Irk and Medlock will never have the advantage of a world class waterfront. Liverpool’s regeneration is indisputably very impressive, and yes, Manchester’s impetus is currently stronger, but it is relying on that because Liverpool actually has many more advantages even than Bohemian Bold Street and its world class waterfront.

By Paul Blackburn (Chester)

Controversial this… but Liverpool would make an ideal dormitory town for Manchester. Such a better place to live, but will never quite have the same frenzy of private investment providing all the jobs. Forget the Northern Powerhouse, Liv/Man need to work together as a NW Powerhouse

By Mersey

They do, and they will work together, but the beauty and romance of the city by the sea are so obvious Liverpool’s will star will rise again relative to Manchester. Manchester pulled ahead from the 80s because of Liverpool’s structural problems of over reliance on the port, and Manchester even stood in for Liverpool to an extent, but all that can change over time, the world never stands still.

By Paul Blackburn (Chester)

I admire your optimism Paul but unfortunately I can only see the gap getting wider, look at where all of the investment is going, look at office take up figures, Liverpool can’t make the top six.Look at infrastructure (Northern Hub, Metrolink) and residential development.Manchester IS the Northern Powerhouse, George Osborne is there every other week with more news. The only progress we see in Liverpool is in student accommodation.

By Deano

Proximity to Leeds, the Financial capital of the north will work in Manchester’s favour too.

By Deano

I don’t doubt all these things in Manchester’s favour and good luck to it – the people of Manchester deserve the jobs and a decent future – but don’t agree the gap will always get wider. History takes a long time to play out and the state of play with the current government characters will pass like everything else does. Liverpool’s rise doesn’t have to mean Manchester’s fall, but the Northwest will be a better place long term when Liverpool fires on full throttle, and it will.

By Paul Blackburn (Chester)

Is Leeds the financial capital of the north?

By Mersey

Liverpool tops jobs growth for UK in 2016, according to CV Library the UK’s biggest jobs site:
The full list of the top 10 cities for jobs growth is: Liverpool, with 45.2% job growth, followed by; Edinburgh (43.3%); Cardiff (38%); Hull (34.1%); Dundee (33.8%); Manchester (31.3%); Birmingham (31%); Leeds (27.4%); Glasgow (23.4%); and Bristol (23.3%).

By Paul Blackburn (Chester)

I’ve heard often that Leeds is the financial capital of the north. Is that true? It’d make an interesting discussion.

And Paul, yes, what potential that waterfront…oh my, what a jewel in the crown ….!!

By Ady