MORE THAN 22,000 NEW ‘GREEN’ HOMES PLANNED– YOU’RE WELCOME
We often talk about Liverpool City Region’s truly amazing attributes. Its creative culture, dynamic business community, exceptional talent pool, globally significant sectors and expansive £20 billion + investment opportunity, to name but a few.
For all the reasons and more, Liverpool City Region is indeed a great place to live but we often forget about the importance of people’s own home. A place to call your own. A base from which to plan your future. The setting to some of the most important events in your life.
So here’s the deal. Our planet needs sustainable, low carbon developments. The UK has a homes shortage. Liverpool City Region is a fantastic place to live and work – That’s why we’re planning to build (at least) 22,000 new, green homes over the next decade. Let’s take a look at a selection of new residential developments and ambitious plans that will see lots of lovely new homes popping up across the region.
Billed by the Mayor of Liverpool as the ‘biggest housing development for a generation’, plans for Stonebridge Cross are exciting in more ways than one. Designed to be a state-of-the art, futuristic community, Stonebridge Cross will build thousands of new, modern and affordable homes in the suburb of Croxteth.
Part of the region’s plans to combat the UK housing shortage, Stonebridge Cross’s homes will also tackle climate change by becoming a carbon neutral community that will include modern, energy-efficient homes, including ‘green’ features, such as electric car charging points and micro-generators to power the community.
Created by Liverpool City Council, in partnership with Liverpool MIPIM supporter Torus and Cobalt, the Stonebridge Cross area of the city region has recently benefitted from a number of new commercial developments and factories springing up in recent months and was even considered as a potential location for the new £500 million Everton Football Club stadium, before Bramley Dock was selected.
Modern modular housing is mind-blowingly marvellous, presenting a sure-fire way to produce quality homes, superfast. Liverpool City Region’s £4.5 billion Wirral Waters development will utilise the latest technology to build 347 factory build, pre-made homes on the East Float area of the development; with each home coming complete with a number of cool benefits.
The £55m joint venture of Peel L&P and Urban Splash will include a customisable Town House and rows houses designed by Liverpool City Region based architects Shedkm.
Cutting construction times to a fraction, the modular nature of the houses enables tenants to customise their future home, by having it build to a bespoke design. Just part of the massive, 500 acre Wirral Waters plan, one of the biggest regeneration projects in the UK, the new homes will provide much needed housing to the development, which will ultimately offer up to 13,000 homes.
Richard Mawdsley, director of development at Peel L&P, said:
“East Float will be a huge draw for those wanting to take advantage of the very latest in modular housing design and I am delighted that the first wave of this development has now been approved by Wirral Council. This project will transform this brownfield site into a highly contemporary, internationally recognised waterside residential quarter for families, individuals and couples alike.”
MOSS NOOK, ST HELENS
Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority plan to build up to 900 new homes in Moss Nook on a former industrial site, offering more than £2m to begin remediation work.
Located 2km from St Helens town centre, Moss Nook is a large, complex brownfield site, historically used for mining and a number of industrial processes. It has been identified as a site ideal for the development of new homes.
Funding has been awarded to Harworth Estates Investments, which specialises in the assembly and remediation of complex, former industrial sites, preparing the land for onward sale in the form of serviced plots for construction by housing developers.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “We have a very clear policy that we should look at brownfield sites first when building the homes that we need in our city region.
“As land previously used for mining and other industrial processes, and located close to the centre of St Helens, Moss Nook is exactly the type of brownfield site we should be developing and I’m pleased that our £2m funding will enable this project to happen.”
Matthew Whiteley, development manager at Harworth Group, added: “Moss Nook is Harworth’s first residential development in the North West following our purchase of the site in 2018 and we’re keen to exercise our technical skill in bringing forward this complex site as we have done on other former industrial land.”
£230 MILLION GREEN DEAL
As part of a £230 million ‘Green City Deal’, Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson OBE has proposed a number of new initiatives to tackle climate change, boost the economy and – yes – build more much-needed, energy efficient homes.
The Mayor’s green housing proposal could create 3,000 new build homes, delivered to the very best low carbon standards. A further 3,000 existing homes would be retrofitted to modern low carbon standards.
Under these plans, new homes would pilot new approaches to local, low carbon energy production and provide incentives and measurements to encourage and enable further uptake of such retrofitting by landlords and homeowners; potentially training a new generation of engineers, designers and installers to meet the changing needs of the energy sector.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson OBE, said:
“We need to be bold, radical and ambitious if we are to meet our target of becoming a net zero carbon city by 2030. There are huge opportunities for us to improve the lives of all residents across the city and more energy efficient housing is key to this ambition.”
NEW COMPANY TO BUILD 10,000 HOMES
Liverpool City Council are so committed to their new housing plans, they have pledged to create up to 10,000 new homes by 2030, even setting up a new company to take on the task.
The newly created Foundations organisation will deliver a huge house-building programme across the city, aimed at helping people get onto the property ladder and creating homes for homeless people, foster carers, large families, elderly people and people with disability.
Foundations’ ethos is centred on high-quality housing, build in sustainable neighbourhoods. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson OBE, said:
“I’m really excited about the housing company we are setting up because it’s going to be absolutely transformational, not only on what we do about building houses and the way we are doing it, but it will be a bespoke opportunity for people to get on the housing ladder with the different offers we have.
“It will be dealing with the social need for housing but also it will have a real business case. There will be houses for sale, houses for lease, housing for rent to buy, shared ownership.
“No one has done this in the way we are doing it, we are actually going to be having a development arm, where we actually sell houses that we build, which will help cross-subsidise and support the development and building of houses and keep rent low.”
“We have a clear demand, but there is not enough supply. So we want to take the opportunity we have, with lots of brownfield sites in the city and we have planning permission for about 4,000 houses already.
“We want to keep people here in the city, so if we can help young people to become homeowners then that will stabilise communities.
The developments above (and many more not mentioned here) demonstrate how Liverpool City Region is laying the foundations today for future growth and prosperity tomorrow, creating unique and sustainable living spaces all over the region; each new home designed to welcome you to a better life in Liverpool.