Lovell Partnerships is working with Cobalt Housing to deliver its first mixed-tenure affordable social housing scheme. How does the scheme form part of a wider regeneration plan for Liverpool?
Located on Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth, the development will deliver 88 two-, three-, and four-bed homes for affordable rent, rent to buy and shared ownership.
Marked as one of Liverpool City Council’s mayoral priority development zones, which focuses on improving social and economic conditions.
Lovell Partnerships will be focusing on training young people
Tahreen Shad, Regional Partnerships Director at Lovell Partnerships explained that its experience has helped it to successfully collaborate: “Our regeneration expertise and local knowledge, having worked in Merseyside for the last 20 years, has enabled us to successfully guide Cobalt Housing through its first steps into a mixed tenure energy-efficient scheme.”
We have been working very closely with its team for the past two years, successfully steering them through the design and planning processes.
Continuing, he said that Liverpool is an important location for them: “We’re very proud to be investing in and delivering a number of schemes across the city including Denford Road, which is backed by Liverpool City Council – demonstrating our long-term commitment to Merseyside.”
Lovell Partnerships completed the full design and planning work on the scheme, with grant funding secured through the Homes England Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Brownfield Land Fund.
Tahreen added that going forward, Lovell Partnerships will be focusing on futureproofing and benefiting local young people.
He said: “As we begin our work on the Croxteth site we will also be getting further embedded in the local community through our social value programme by engaging with nearby schools and groups, as well as employing and training young people through our apprenticeship scheme to deliver lasting outcomes.”
The development will work to increase aspiration in Liverpool
Cobalt Housing is a registered housing association that manages and maintains more than 6,000 affordable homes across North Liverpool.
Claire Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer at Cobalt Housing, highlighted that the start of the work shows how the organisation focuses on providing quality housing and supporting local communities.
She expressed: “It signals the continuation of our £300m investment in our neighbourhoods over the next 10 years, in existing and new homes for rent and sale, which we have set out in our new corporate plan.”
Outlining that the scheme will be part of a wider regeneration plan for Liverpool, Clare said: “This development will be a catalyst for increased confidence and aspiration in the Stonebridge area of Liverpool, as we continue to expand our partnerships and investment, working closely with our customers and the wider community.”
Schemes like this one show how important collaborations are to improve social and economic conditions for the areas that need them the most.