25 / 09 / 2020

Liverpool City Council is about to embark on its first major housing scheme in 30 years following cabinet approval.

Located on Denford Road, Lovell has designed and will deliver a total of 105 homes. The development will include 86 two, three- and four-bedroom homes and 19 one and two bed bungalows. Some of the bungalows are set to have bespoke designs and will be ring-fenced for vulnerable tenants with mobility issues and support requirements.

The project - which gained planning permission in March 2019 - will see 20 council homes built for social rent and a further 54 homes constructed for affordable rent, with work due to start on site in October 2020 and an anticipated completion date of January 2023.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I’m excited by this scheme. It’s a signal of our intent to create thousands of new homes that meet the needs and aspirations of our residents.

“The private rented sector in this city is unbalanced and the absence of council homes has left many families exposed to market forces.

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

“This scheme is the beginning of realising that vision. Of course, this requires external grant funding but I’m confident the business case is robust, and that Lovell will begin and complete the scheme on schedule.”

Subject to a grant from Homes England and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, the £9 million scheme will be the first since the council revamped its housing team in the summer - and 150 years since Liverpool built the first council homes in Europe.

Lee Sale, managing director of Lovell North West said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Liverpool City Council on this project.

“We have been focusing on increasing our footprint within the region and are delighted to be playing a part in shaping communities and delivering much needed affordable homes to the area.  

“We are currently working on our joint venture project with Riverside Housing in Belle Vale to deliver more than 100 mixed tenure homes and are looking forward to working with the city council and Riverside in Yewtree at Denford Road.”

The Denford Road project forms part of a wider council plan to build and retrofit thousands of new homes by 2030, after the Government agreed to waive the debt for the council’s historical housing revenue account.  

The homes will be built on land bordered by Denford Road, Ackers Hall Avenue, Dunchurch Road, and Murcote Road.

New start - A CGI of how part of Liverpool City Council’s Denford Road housing scheme will look

New start - A CGI of how part of Liverpool City Council’s Denford Road housing scheme will look