Million pound investment to bring Liverpool homes back into use
Dozens of empty homes in two of Liverpool’s most deprived areas will be brought back into use thanks to a £3.5m scheme from Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) to regenerate 45 mid-terraced properties in Tuebrook and Stoneycroft by next autumn.
LMH intends to invest £2.54m while Liverpool City Council has provided a grant of £979,000 after it received £16.8m from the government’s Cluster of Empty Homes Fund last year. The work will target properties that have been empty for over six months that might be at risk of falling into permanent disrepair or blight settled streets.
Green measures within the improvements will reduce tenant’s fuel bills compared to similar existing properties and reduce carbon emissions. The properties will be let on affordable rents.
Chief Executive at Liverpool Mutual Homes, Steve Coffey, said: “Liverpool has a distinct shortage of decent rented housing properties and this problem is magnified in Tuebook and Stoneycroft. Empty homes should be seen as a potential asset and an opportunity to address the housing crisis so it is vital they are brought back into use to meet demand. We have shown the success of this approach after saving many derelict homes over the past five years, particularly in Broad Lane and Norris Green, transforming tired areas into thriving communities. By investing in pockets of empty housing – in some cases two and three homes in a street – it stops whole rows of terraced housing and then neighbourhoods falling by the wayside.”
The map above shows property for sale around Stoneycroft using Zoopla’s Smart Maps gadget.
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