New development in Speke to support economic growth

Above: SLH Chief Executive Julie Fadden, Countryside Properties Regional Regeneration Director Philip Whitehead and Liverpool's Cabinet Member for Housing Frank Hont help lay the first bricks on new development in Speke. 

Published: 14 July 2016

Work has started on a multi-million pound development in Speke, Liverpool, which will see 28 new homes being built as well as two commercial units.

South Liverpool Homes (SLH) has secured funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for the development on The Crescent site in Speke with support from Liverpool City Council.

Built by developers Countryside Properties, the development will consist of 28 two-bedroom homes and two retail units with work starting on the retail units first; allowing the existing Crescent building to be demolished and replaced by much-needed homes including four two-bedroom bungalows – all of which will have wheelchair access, addressing a local need for much-needed specialist accommodation.

SLH’s Chief Executive, Julie Fadden, said, “We promised the local community that we will regenerate this area and that is exactly what this new development will do.  Not only will the development breathe new life into the area, it will also address local housing needs by bringing much-needed, affordable, high quality homes to the local community.”

Councillor Frank Hont, Liverpool's Cabinet Member for Housing said, “It was a great pleasure to see one of our housing associations building homes to help regenerate an area of our city. Well done South Liverpool Homes!”

It is expected that the retail units, which consists of a Post Office and an off-licence, will be complete by October 2016 and the homes will be complete by November 2017.”

There has been significant economic development of Speke in recent years, with a £60m refurbishment of the New Mersey Retail Park in the pipeline, and this new development is just one way of supporting this growth. Once complete, almost 100 new homes will have been built for affordable rent in Speke over the last three years.

SLH are also building 23 new homes in Garston which will transform two vacant brownfield sites.  The two-bedroom homes are being built on Window Lane and the Old Garston Market site and will be ready to move into this summer.  For more information visit www.thinksouthliverpool.co.uk