A Liverpool housing estate could be “transformed” after plans were released for 304 new homes on an estate currently housing 144 social housing tenants.
The estate, known as Grovelands, in the Grove Street area of Liverpool, is on the edge of the city’s Georgian Quarter close to University of Liverpool.
According to developer Regenda Homes the plans will “bring a new green, diverse and multl-generational neighbourhood’
The project would see the existing Grovelands estate demolished at Grove Street, Groveside, Grove Way, Grovelands and Falkner Street to be replaced with a series of multi-storey buildings housing a mixture of privately owned and rented accommodation alongside social rent and shared ownership arrangements.
The draft plans, which are currently open for consultation before official plans are due to be submitted to the city council in November, have been put together with support from community engagement company We Make Places in consultation with local residents and stakeholders.
In consultation documents, which have been released on the Regenda Homes website, the company states: “We are planning to build 304 new homes. These would be a mix of homes for social rent, private rent, rent to buy and outright sale.
“We will replace all 144 social rented homes on the estate. The reason we are building more homes than we currently have on site is because we believe that a mixed tenure scheme will help with the future sustainability of the development.
© Metropolitan Workshop A CGI of the proposed Grovelands development
Existing social housing tenants will be offered accommodation in the development and Regenda say they have increased the volume of homes currently on the site in order to make the development sustainable, as no funding is available to replace the current accommodation.
The company said: “The increase in numbers on the proposed development will help to improve the urban design of the area, re-establish lost street frontages and assist with the financial viability of the scheme due to no grant funding being available to replace the social rent properties.”
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With a focus on green credentials to the development, Regenda Homes said: “The scheme will make use of the existing city bike cycle hub and include electric car club and charging points as well as reconnecting existing streets to improve walking and cycling as well as the addition of resident cycle storage to encourage residents to make use of sustainable transport.
The plans, which include a mix of buildings ranging from three storeys up to eight storeys, consisting of 113 one bed apartments, 160 two bed apartments, nine apartments with three bedrooms and 22 larger townhouses, would also see the creation of a central communal pocket park called Grove Street Gardens.
The plans are the culmination of a two year community engagement project after Regenda first contacted residents in May 2018 about their plans..
Regenda Homes is a Liverpool based registered housing association which is part of the Regenda Group and provides social housing and regeneration activities predominantly across Merseyside and the north west.
In the consultation documents, Regenda said: “In May 2018, we wrote to all Regenda Homes residents living in the Grove Street area, to let them know about our plans to redevelop the estate.
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“These plans include the demolition of existing homes on the site the construction of around 300 new properties.
“In July 2018, we appointed independent community engagement company, We Make Places, to meet with residents and hear their views on our plans for the area.
“We Make Places created a resident Design Champion group, who meet with architects and review proposals. We have sent regular newsletters and opened the Conversation Space in Grovelands to encourage honest and open conversations around our plans.
“We have worked closely with the resident Design Champions on the possible look and feel of the new development and have held Meet the Architect events, where all residents have been able to meet the architects and ask them any questions they may have.
“All of this feedback has been invaluable in helping us pull together plans for the site,and we’re delighted to be at a stage where we hope to submit a planning application to Liverpool City Council in November 2020.”
Consultation is open until October 18 and comments can be submitted online.