Where thousands of newly approved Merseyside homes will be built

A number of new housing developments across Merseyside have been given the go-ahead in recent months, with the potential to shake-up living options across the region.

All local authorities are required by government to set out a plan for development and to approve a certain number of new homes each year.

Councils were previously warned that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be “breathing down [their] necks” to ensure home-building targets are met.

As well as plans that have been given council approval, there are a number of proposed developments yet to be decided upon.

If these are approved, housing options in Merseyside could become even more vast.

Here are some of the biggest and most notable housing plans from recent months.

Land East of Maghull

Developers have unveiled plans for more than 1,600 homes to be built
More than 1,700 homes are now set to be built on land east of Maghull after plans were approved

Two housing developers want to create huge new housing projects adjacent to one another on former green belt land east of Maghull.

Sefton Council granted permission for more than 1,700 homes to be built as part of a “new community”.

The East Maghull Consortium is proposing a huge plan to knock down existing buildings to the north of School Lane and build 855 homes, an older persons’ housing scheme, a mixed-use local centre and public open space.

Bosses at Countryside Properties and Persimmon Homes are planning to build a further 841 houses and are seeking permission for 25 properties for an added older persons residential scheme.

Liverpool’s Waterfront

Proposals to build 278 homes in a tower on William Jessop Way in Liverpool city centre are set to go ahead after Peel and Your Housing Group, the applicants, came to a legal agreement with Liverpool Council earlier this month.

The plans would see a tower 31 storeys high built, with another, smaller, 11-storey section next to it.

The site, once the location for the ill-fated Shanghai Tower proposals, sits on Liverpool’s waterfront. Peel and Your Housing Group say the current plans are worth £50m.

There could also be another 300 apartments on nearby Waterloo Dock, if Romal Capital’s proposals are approved.

Plans include of 330 one, two and three bedroom apartments and would be located very close to the Isle of Man ferry terminal, which is currently under construction.

The apartments, which would be spread across three blocks of between four and nine storeys, would comprise part of Central Docks, a section of the huge Liverpool Waters masterplan.

Described as the “beating heart” of Liverpool Waters, the proposals would see the become a leisure and business hub as well as a residential area.

New housing at Melwood

This is in earlier stages than some other proposals on this list, but could result in the transformation of Liverpool FC’s historic training ground.

Liverpool left Melwood late last year for a purpose built facility in Kirkby and there have long been plans from new owner Torus to turn the site into a housing development.

Now, a new consultation is asking residents for their views on two proposals which would see either 192 or 195 homes built on the ground.

One would see the maintenance of the current five a side facility if possible.

Residents have until Monday, April 26, to comment on the proposals, which can be viewed here

“Affordable” homes in Netherley

Next week, Liverpool Council are due to decide on plans to build 51 homes on open space in Netherley.

The planning committee will vote on Tuesday on plans put forward by housing provider Riverside to build a new housing development on land between Middlemass Hey, Brownbill Bank, Linden Road and Crispin Road.

It would see a mix of two and three bedroom houses, two bungalows and eight apartments built in the area. However, a petition against the plans has gained more than 70 signatures.

Nevertheless, planning officers are recommending that committee members approve the plans despite a loss of open space, with other green space and a children’s play area near the development set to be improved.

More than 300 new homes in L7

Regenda Housing has submitted proposals for a large new housing scheme on Grove Street, on the edge of the city centre.

The plans would see 305 homes built across six separate housing blocks, with some older buildings set to be demolished to make way for the new buildings.

A report submitted with Regenda’s application said the newer housing would help develop the area. It owns the current estate on the road, providing 144 homes there for social rent.

Regenda already have housing in the area but documents attached to the application said they are looking to “secure the long-term future of their existing Grove Street community by investing for the future”.

Birkenhead

A major Wirral Council consultation asks people for their views on plans to build up to 1,000 low-carbon homes in an ‘urban garden village’ on a vacant site around Hind Street in Birkenhead.

This plan would help turn a redundant area into a new community and is a key part of the council’s Birkenhead 2040 Framework, which the authority said outlined the biggest changes for the area since 1947.

Wirral Waters

This is what the houses at Wirral Waters' East Float might look like
How the houses at Wirral Waters’ East Float might look like once work is completed
(Image: Urban Splash)

New homes are also beginning to be delivered at Wirral Waters, a project set to provide 13,500 homes over the next 25 years and potentially create up to 20,000 jobs.

East Float, a project by Urban Splash and Peel L&P, will create around 350 homes using a “bold and innovative” new approach.

A number of colourful red-clad Row House homes will launch for sale this spring.

Council housing in Rock Ferry

Last month, Wirral Council’s housing committee approved the purchase of six homes from Lovell Partnerships’ Sevenoaks scheme in Rock Ferry.

The buying of just six houses may seem like a small deal, but it could be very important as it is seen as the start of a move back towards building large numbers of council houses in the borough.

Although such a move is not quite around the corner, all political parties in the local authority are in favour of building more council homes and this should mean far more are available in the years to come.

The houses in Rock Ferry will be available at a “social rent”, which is anywhere up to 60% of the local market rate.

They will also be specially adapted, meaning better access for people with disabilities.

The council is pushing for the homes to have solar panels attached, which would help the environment and could significantly reduce people’s energy bills.

Overall, the Sevenoaks project has seen 220 new homes delivered already, with a planning application for a further 43 units in the final phase of the project currently being considered.

Halsnead Garden Village

Halsnead Garden Village is expected to deliver 1,600 houses on fields just south-east of Whiston by the time it’s finished.

The first 123 homes finally received planning permission in March while applications for hundreds more are currently being considered along with plans for a country park and warehouses on the former Cronton Colliery south of the M62.

Knowsley Council’s Labour group has hailed the development as providing much-needed homes and jobs, plus extra Council Tax revenue and potentially more than £10m in developer contributions for things like schools, health services and roads.

However, concerns have been raised about the lack of affordable housing at the garden village, with developers claiming it would not be financially viable to include the 25% affordable housing requirement set down by the council.

East of Halewood

How the new homes in Halewood East developed by Bellway Homes may look
Artist impression of how the new homes in Halewood East developed by Bellway Homes may look
(Image: APD Architects)

Knowsley’s second largest development received approval in February and will see 1,300 homes built on a strip of fields to the east of Halewood.

Meant as an extension to Halewood itself, the development will cover 200 acres of former green belt land near Everton’s Finch Farm training ground and includes around 300 affordable homes.

Construction is set to begin soon, and along with the new houses the expansion of Halewood is set to bring up to £13m in contributions for local infrastructure.

This includes £4.6m to pay for new primary school places in the area, £1.1m towards new nursery facilities, £104,000 towards refurbishing medical facilities at the Halewood Centre and £4.4m for highway improvements to reduce the impact of extra traffic on nearby roads.

Developers are also being asked for £652,500 for a new bus route through the development to improve public transport links for new residents, while future residents could boost Knowsley’s Council Tax revenues by £2m a year.

Whitakers, Prescot

A highly controversial development that has been in the works for many years, plans to build 227 homes on land occupied by Whitakers Garden Centre in Prescot were finally approved last November.

Much of the land used to be green belt, but had that protection removed by Knowsley’s most recent local plan, paving the way for the Taylor Wimpey development.

Hundreds of people, backed by local Lib Dem and Green councillors, objected to the plans, which will bring £650,000 in developer contributions for infrastructure but no affordable homes.

Work has already begun clearing the site, with the garden centre itself set to move to a smaller plot on Manchester Road, pending planning permission.

Astley Road and Knowsley Lane, Huyton

Although the borough’s larger developments are likely to have a very limited number of affordable homes, this development on former playing fields in Huyton is set to be 100% affordable.

The plans from housing association Torus will see 131 houses built on land near St Columba’s Primary School, all of which will be rent-to-buy.

The houses, which received planning permission in August, will be split between two neighbouring plots. One site, to the west of Knowsley Lane Primary School, covers the now-overgrown land formerly occupied by the primary school’s west wing.

That building was later the council’s training and conference centre, but was knocked down in 2012.

The other site, on the corner of Hillside Road and Astley Road, covers some former school playing fields and a derelict building previously occupied by the Knowsley Young Carers’ Centre.

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