£10m will see 1,500 family homes built in Liverpool
Up to 1,500 ‘family homes’ are going to be built in Liverpool, the government reckons – and it’s all down to a multi-million pound funding boost from Homes England.
The government’s ‘housing accelerator’ is to grant £9.9 million to Liverpool City Council to deliver the homes on the Festival Gardens site.
The funds are being drawn from the £450m Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme – and the news comes as Homes England officially opened new offices in the same building as Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
According to the press release, the council has had plans for the site for ages but a lack of funding has meant they’ve come to nothing – until now, that is: on-site activity is expected to begin in the spring, with the first homes available by 2022.
As well as the ‘owner-occupied houses’ the project will also deliver ‘privately rented apartments’ but I can’t tell you how many because they haven’t said.
Homes England chairman Sir Edward Lister is determined and thrilled, saying ‘we are determined to use all the resources available to us to make homes happen across England – so I’m thrilled our funding means work can move forward rapidly at this historic site, providing homes for hundreds of families’.
Kit Malthouse, Minister of State for Housing, is equally cock-a-hoop: ‘Delivering the homes Liverpool needs is a crucial element of our plan to build a successful and vibrant Northern Powerhouse.
‘I was born and brought up in Liverpool and went to the original garden festival as a child, so I know how much this investment will regenerate a key area of this great city, transforming Festival Gardens site with desperately needed family homes.’