Tenants have been welcomed into Liverpool Mutual Homes’ brand-new Leighton Dene development in Liverpool 9 – the largest new affordable rent scheme to be completed as part of the ground-breaking Liverpool Housing Partnership (LHP).
It brings the total number of affordable rent homes created by LMH under the LHP umbrella to 151 and follows on from recent completions at Hewitson Road (Tuebrook), Everton Road (Everton) and Tetlow Street (Kirkdale).
Set up to build 1,500 new homes over a five-year period, the innovative collaboration between Liverpool City Council, Redrow Homes, LMH and contractor Willmott Dixon sees receipts from land sales ring-fenced and reinvested into affordable housing schemes.
Leighton Dene, which occupies the corner of Lower Lane and Long Lane, Fazakerley, was one of several challenging sites earmarked for affordable rented homes.
This previously neglected site had lain vacant for a number of years. It now hosts 34 contemporary family houses and apartments, following a £4.6 million investment delivered in partnership with main contractor Willmott Dixon.
All homes benefit from off-road parking and a range of energy efficient products, including new boilers, new central heating systems and double glazed windows and doors, while the high quality modern kitchens and bathrooms further add to the living experience.
LMH Development Director Chris Bowen said, “Leighton Dene is a great example of our joint commitment to create high-quality affordable homes for people in housing need.
“This striking scheme benefits from high-end finishes and a range of energy-efficient products designed to keep tenants’ fuel bills down.
“LMH is already developing another 225 units on live, or committed, Liverpool Housing Partnership sites, including 145 properties on Edge Lane where works could start as early as January 2018,” Chris added.
Stuart Belfield, Operations Director at Willmott Dixon, said, “Willmott Dixon is pleased to work in partnership with Liverpool Mutual Homes to develop these much-needed new homes in Fazakerley.
“This is the most recent project delivered through the Liverpool Housing Partnership. We’re delighted to play our part in ensuring local people can enjoy Christmas in their brand-new homes.”
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said: “The Liverpool Housing Partnership is helping deliver high quality homes for sale and rent.
“It is great to see this previously developed site being used to provide fantastic accommodation for tenants.
“The partnership of LMH, Redrow, Willmott Dixon and the city council is helping us to invest in affordable social housing and is a win-win for all concerned.”