Green light for £20m extra care scheme

Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) has unveiled ambitious plans to build 170 new properties in Knowsley, including 100 much-needed Extra Care homes for older people.

The £20+ million investment will see a disused brown-field site on Westhead Avenue, Kirkby transformed into high quality housing and provide supported living for some of the area’s elderly and vulnerable people.

Plans for the scheme were approved at Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee meeting on 9th November - paving the way for work to start on the mixed use development as soon as December 2017.

The state-of-the-art extra care facility will comprise a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, with support provided around the clock to meet residents’ individual needs.

Additional benefits will include a communal sensory garden and an on-site bistro and hairdressers.

LMH Chief Executive Steve Coffey said, “It is a privilege for LMH to partner with Knowsley Council in the delivery of much-needed specialist housing and services.

“Great care has been taken to develop a high quality, mixed use scheme that provides the latest in 24/7 Extra Care and supported living, ensuring that older and vulnerable residents can access the quality of accommodation and support they need.”

Westhead Avenue’s additional 70 properties will comprise 16 supported housing units, as well as 54 two- and three-bed houses and bungalows ear-marked for affordable rent and Rent to Buy - a new product aimed at potential future home-owners.

“It is great to see this previously developed site will provide supported accommodation within a dynamic multi use setting,” Steve explained.

“This mix of tenures will ensure Westhead Avenue becomes a fantastic sustainable community.”

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Christina O’Hare, said, “The Liverpool Mutual Homes development at Westhead Avenue will be an important addition to the high quality, affordable housing stock in Knowsley, which is really good news for local people.

“The development also helps us to meet the local need for Extra Care accommodation, as identified in our Extra Care strategy, which will allow more people to live independently in the community, with the appropriate support available to help them.”

Westhead Avenue is being delivered in partnership with Wirral-based architects Paddock Johnson Partnership and North West contractor Lane End Developments.

Homes will be available from 2019.

Posted in LMH Developments on Nov 10, 2017