Council set to re-enter social housing market after 15 year absence

Council set to re-enter social housing market after 15 year absence

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

SEFTON Council is set to become a social housing provider for the first time in nearly 15 years.

It was announced earlier this year that the local authority will take on its first council homes since 2006 in the form of nine flats to be built on Buckley Hill Lane, in Netherton.

The single block of flats are part of a wider development of 63 homes to be built at the site.

The homes are being built by the council-owned housing development company Sandway Homes.

The council must now register with the Regular of Social Housing, allowing them to become a housing provider, stock owner and landlord.

Registering with the Regulator of Social Housing will also enable the council to apply as an Investment Partner to Homes England to seek grant funding opportunities for the delivery of affordable housing.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said:  “By registering with the Regulator of Social Housing we will be taking an important further step in the process to start providing affordable and high-quality housing directly for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

“Being able to progress developments such as Buckley Hill is just one of the advantages of the council’s decision, in 2018, to establish Sandway Homes.”

Sefton Council took the decision to re-enter the social housing market in January.

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