Redrow is exploring plans with Liverpool City Council to redevelop several parcels of land off Harthill Road into 51 homes to fund council projects.
The receipts from the residential land sales would be used to pay for new premises for community organisations and improvements to the neighbouring Calderstones Park.
Under the plans submitted to Liverpool City Council, selected local charities and community groups will benefit by relocating to new premises and the grade two-listed Beechley House in Calderstones would be restored and brought back into use as eight apartments.
The land in question is not currently accessible to the public and has a variety of uses, including the Harthill Road council maintenance depot.
The proposal is being brought forward by Redrow Homes under the umbrella of the Liverpool Housing Partnership, a collaboration between Redrow, the City Council and Liverpool Mutual Homes, designed to deliver 1,500 new homes over a five-year period.
With existing occupants relocated to better facilities, in their place Redrow is proposing 35 detached homes. The stables would be converted into mews properties and there would be four new-build mews adjacent to Beechley House.
Faye Whiteoak, Redrow’s development director for Liverpool, said: “The whole masterplan has been very carefully thought out, with the greatest care and attention given to how the setting of the grade two-listed Beechley House can best be respected. We have worked hard to make sure the house designs and layout respect the adjoining park. We have also incorporated managed amenity space into the development.”
Cllr Frank Hont, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for housing, said: “This land has all been in private use for many years Through the Partnership, the Council has been working closely with the site’s existing occupants to bring forward a scheme that will greatly improve their facilities, whilst at the same time freeing up almost 13 acres of land to create 51 high quality new homes that are sympathetic to the adjoining parkland surroundings.”
f the plans are agreed, Beechley Riding Stables, part of the Riding for the Disabled Association, will receive help to relocate and develop new, improved facilities at Clarke Gardens, in Allerton. CalderKids Adventure Playground will be able to fulfil relocation plans to better facilities; and the miniature railway operated for over 75 years by Merseyside Live Steam and Model Engineers Club will move into the main body of the park, where it can be better developed as a popular family attraction.
Donna Trotman, project manager for CalderKids Adventure Playground, which provides a much needed service to more than 120 children and young people with disabilities from across the city, said: “We wholeheartedly support the plans for the future of Calderkids Adventure Playground. Our building on the Harthill estate is no longer deemed fit for purpose and the cost of total refurbishment or rebuild is astronomical. After consultation with management, staff, service users and their families it was whole heartedly agreed that it is in the best interests of the organisation and its longevity to relocate. We relish the prospect of moving to much better facilities which will accommodate our ever growing services, which are a need and a must in this city for disabled children and young people.”
Capital receipts to the council from the sale of the land will support off-site affordable housing and Section 106 payments linked to the application will create a fund for improvements within Calderstones Park itself, including the relocation of the Neolithic Calder stones as part of the Reader Organisation’s proposal to enhance the Mansion House.
The existing allotments, the park’s woodland riding trail and the existing scout hut would not be impacted by the proposals.