200 million pound revamp for Knowsley homes and other Liverpool developments
In 2002, Knowsley tenants voted to transfer stock from the council to create an association called the Knowsley Housing Trust. The Trust then invested £6 million into energy saving solutions including a free home energy audit which reduced their tenant’s fuel bills as well as their carbon footprint by 28%.
Knowsley Housing Trust is part of The First Ark Group and to celebrate their 10th birthday they have launched a £200 million scheme to build 400 new homes which will provide 950 new jobs and training for local people. The scheme also involves revamping 8,000 homes by providing PVC guttering, soffits and fascias as well as carrying out external repairs for an extra 6,500 homes.
In other local news, self builders in Liverpool could get their hands on a share of £30 million of Government money to help them build their own homes. Residents, registered charities and social enterprise groups are allowed to bid for the cash to help them build their own homes. Councils are barred from bidding but Liverpool City Council are looking for land around the city which would be suitable for self build projects.
The money is hoped to encourage more people to build their own homes as the Coalition Government made a target of up to a quarter of a million self build homes to be built over the next 10 years.
Other developments in Liverpool include the £100 million regeneration of the Liverpool Baltic Triangle which was approved at the beginning of June. The redevelopment will involve a 219 bedroom hotel, 93 apartments as part of a 10 story high building as well as the building of an art gallery and exhibition space.
The project was split into two phases with the first being worth £47 million which was approved in April 2011 and the second is worth £50 million. There was concerns that the development did not include any ‘affordable housing’ however, there will be 12 care units managed by Leonard Cheshire Homes as well as 30 sheltered accommodation units for over 55’s.
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