Denford Road Ywe Tree
The housing units are expected to be complete in January 2023, according to the council

Liverpool to manage first council homes in 30 years

Dan Whelan

The city council has secured cabinet backing to operate 74 properties in Yew Tree, the first homes to be directly managed by the council since it overhauled its housing delivery model in July. 

The homes are part of the 105-unit Denford Road development being delivered by Birkenhead-based developer Lovell Partnerships and designed by DK Architects.

The plans were approved in March 2019, however, under a fresh arrangement, Liverpool City Council is to operate 74 of the units on a mix of tenures as council housing once they complete in January 2023. 

The council this summer set up the Strategic Housing Delivery Team, a new housing delivery panel headed up by Mark Kitts, chief executive of Liverpool’s arms length housing management organisation Liverpool Foundation Homes, its development director Louise Davies, and representatives from Liverpool City Council.

The new panel will be responsible for the delivery of council-owned housing and the sourcing of other viable portfolio sites, and it involved the significant scaling back of Liverpool Foundation Homes.

The ALMO, which was set up tp deliver housing on behalf of the council at a time when in-house delivery would have seen the authority heavily penalised and debt-laden under local government financing rules at the time,  will continue to deliver its current portfolio sites and then will be subsumed within the council.  

The Denford Road project forms part of a council strategy to build and retrofit up to 10,000 homes by 2030.

Under the plans, the development will comprise 105 homes – a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and one- and two-bedroom bungalows. Riverside Housing Association will operate an additional 31 homes on land it owns within the site. 

Lovell Partnerships aims to start on site next month, although delivery of the scheme is subject to the receipt of a grant from government body Homes England and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. 

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “The private rented sector in this city is imbalanced and the absence of council homes has left many families exposed to market forces. 

“We have a vision for a Liverpool where the council provides quality affordable homes, to buy and to rent, which cater for all manner of families and individuals and provides a sustainable platform for them to move up the housing ladder.

“This scheme is the beginning of realising that vision.”  

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Failed housing company so bring it back in-house…amazing use of resources

By jr

More spin. Basically means RSLs or usual suspect developers will build houses on Council land. Would be nice to see local SMEs given small sites to develop, there’s plenty of them around.

By John Smith

Wonderful news and I hope these houses are near to the Mersey for obvious quality of life reasons!

By Liverpool Fresh Sea Air

Four years for the Strategic Housing Delivery Team to deliver the strategic housing. Not bad.

By ChesneyT

Now I wonder why the council had their original housing stock taken from them and will these houses be subject to the same landlord rules and regulations they impose on independent landlords?

By Just saying!

These housing designs are boring , anywhere type structures when once Liverpool could be identified by the appearance of its housing , can`t we at least have that.
As has been proved with the refurbishment of Tunstall Street and the Welsh Streets , these wonderful terraced houses can be brought back to life , and the removal of the outdated back alleys makes these properties as viable and in demand as the terraces in London.

By Anonymous

Suitably grim.

By Anonymous

Have you got to be a Riverside tenant to apply for the new building or how dose it work if your not a riverside tenant

By Paula

I think it’s great news and I wish I had one a great councill wich we no enyway keep up the good work stay safe

By Ronnie gooodall