Construction starts on £6.1m new homes development

Livv Homes starts work on a £6.1m Liverpool city region scheme that will see the construction of 26 new affordable homes. Tony McDonough reports

Livv Homes and Tyson Construction start work on the Berrywood scheme in Whiston. Picture by Paul Currie


Livv Homes has started work on a £6.1m project to build 26 affordable homes in Whiston.

Its Berrywood development, part of the Lickers Lane regeneration project, will see a mixture of two and three-bedroom properties. Seven will be available for Shared Ownership and the remaining 19 will be Rent to Buy.

Affordable refers to rent or sale price that is no more than 80% of local market rate. Under shared ownership you buy a share of between 10% and 75% of the value and pay rent to a landlord on the remaining share.

Under Rent to Buy you rent a newly built home at the affordable rate for up to five years. During that time period, you have the option to buy the property.

Livv has secured funding from Liverpool City Region’s Brownfield Land Fund and Government funding via Homes England to deliver the scheme. 

Howard Roberts, executive director – finance, risk and performance at Livv Housing Group, said: “The overall aim of the Lickers Lane regeneration project is to transform the neighbourhood from an area that was prone to anti-social behaviour to a thriving place where people want to live.

“The first phase, completed back in 2019, involved the demolition of more than 100 low rise flats and created 28 new homes. The finalisation of the project will make a real difference to the community.

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“The scheme will be the first we’ve delivered with the help of the Brownfield Land Funding and we’re looking forward to building our relationship with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

This project is being delivered by Tyson Construction and will include a new access road. The new homes are expected to be completed by November 2024.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We welcome the addition of new quality affordable homes in the borough.

“It’ll help meet the demand in the local area and provide a wider choice for new and existing residents.”

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