427 houses to be build on brownfield sites

427 houses to be build on brownfield sites

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

A TOTAL of 427 houses will be built on brownfield sites in Sefton as part of a £36million plan to tackle the ‘housing crisis’ by the Liverpool City Region.

At its meeting on Friday, November 26, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be asked to approve a £36 million fund to build almost 4,000 across the city region.

In Sefton, this includes sites at Benthams Way, in Southport (150 homes), the former Bootle High School (63 homes), 503 Hawthorn Road, in Bootle, (91 homes), and the old Johnson's The Cleaners site, also in Bootle (123 homes). 

These are all brownfield, previously developed, sites and the investment will pay for their remediation and open them up so they can be developed.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “For too many people across our region, the chance to own a home of their own remains out of reach. To tackle the housing crisis and help more people realise their home ownership ambitions, we need to take serious action to get more homes built across our region.

“When I was elected, I promised to prioritise brownfield sites for house building and have been working hard to make that a reality.

“Last year we spent £11m to help deliver almost 900 homes on brownfield sites. We are now looking at another £36m that should take the total to almost 4,000 new homes for people across our region.”

In total, 700 brownfield sites have been identified across the six local authorities of the Liverpool City Region. The updated brownfield register identifies 1,813 acres of brownfield sites which could provide space for more than 42,000 homes, if remediated.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Framework, said: “We have ambitious plans to ensure that we tackle the housing shortage and deliver a great choice of high-quality homes, right across the city region. 

“Building on brownfield sites will be vital to that process – after all there are around 800 of them with enough space to build 42,000 homes. 

“The developments put forward in this proposal to the Combined Authority are a really good mix of schemes offering a wide range of different housing types.  We need to ensure that, across our city region, we are building homes to suit everybody.”

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