Liverpool schools site earmarked for housing

The site of two former schools in Fazakerley is set to be the location of a 60-home development, the first in North Liverpool to be delivered as part of the Liverpool Housing Partnership agreement.

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.

The two community special schools have now merged and, from September 2015, will occupy a £5m facility on Long Lane. The facility forms part of the Mayor’s £169m Liverpool Schools Investment Programme, which is seeing at least 12 schools rebuilt or refurbished across the city.

With the two schools relocated, their former sites will be purchased by Redrow as part of the Liverpool Housing Partnership, allowing the council to invest the proceeds into the city’s housing programme, which will offer affordable new homes through its partner Liverpool Mutual Homes.

Redrow will make a direct contribution of £60,000 towards improving public open space locally.

The planning application submitted features three- and four-bedroom family homes with features such as en-suite bathrooms, utility rooms and garages or off-street parking.

Demolition and clearance of the existing school buildings is expected to commence in September and subject to planning approval start on site will begin in the new year.

The Liverpool Housing Partnership aims to deliver 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city. Redrow will provide a range of private sale executive homes and will identify and acquire land to enhance the council’s own development sites; 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.

Land and investment will be brought together in a planned way, with any capital receipts generated by the sale of council sites and assets reinvested back into the partnership.

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£60,000 isn’t much of a contribution. Find it shocking that its Redrow homes all the way. Very concerning

By Bob Dawson