Families have just moved into a new phase of a unique housing scheme that is set to create 1,500 new properties across Liverpool.
LMH’s Hewitson Road development has seen eight attractive two- and three-bedroomed homes built on the former Larkhill Library site facing Queens Drive – on land released by Liverpool City Council to the award-winning Liverpool Housing Partnership.
Each family home benefits from contemporary interior spaces and high-quality fixtures and fittings. Three-bed properties also have private balconies overlooking the adjacent park.
The affordable rent development is one of several LMH schemes supported by the Partnership’s innovative cross-subsidy model, which sees receipts from land sales to Redrow Homes ring-fenced and reinvested by Liverpool City Council into affordable housing.
This ground-breaking approach means Redrow developments like the newly launched Regency Manor in West Derby directly subsidise affordable rent new-builds like Hewitson Road – creating improved housing choice for all.
Challenging sites are a particular focus area for funding. Hewitson Road had suffered five years of neglect, following Larkhill Library’s closure in 2012. Legacy issues deterred firm interest from home builders, which made the site an ideal candidate for cross-subsidy.
With distinctive designs by John McCall Architects, Hewitson Road has been transformed from a neglected eyesore into a place where people are proud to live.
A recent site visit left LMH Chief Executive Steve Coffey in no doubt about the Partnership’s impact.
Steve said, “Hewitson Road started out as a challenging site with issues relating to previous development and anti-social behaviour.
“We set ourselves a challenging brief – to create a striking dual aspect scheme with views over the park as well as the main road. The end product has exceeded our expectations and added a high quality designed landmark enhancing the character of Queens Drive.
“Partnership working with the LHP members played a key role at this high specification development, the first of several Partnership-supported schemes currently completing across the city.”
Nick Flanagan, Head of Property & Assets at Liverpool City Council added, “It’s extremely pleasing to see families taking their keys for these new homes and seeing a once difficult site returning back to the community.
“The Liverpool Housing Partnership is helping to unlock sites all over the city, allowing us to regenerate numerous communities with our partners and giving people a quality of choice across the housing spectrum.”