New £37m development in Merseyside will see Your Housing Group and ENGIE build 266 new homes on a brownfield site. Tony McDonough reports
Your Housing Group (YHG) is about to start work on a £37m housing development in Kirkby.
Main contractor ENGIE will start building the Whitefield Brook development later this month which will comprise 266 houses – 106 for shared ownership, 115 affordable rent and 45 for private rent.
Located on Whitefield Drive, it will have a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes a landscaped community setting. Knowsley Council approved the scheme earlier this year. The appointed architects is Eden Building Design.
Jacque Allen, chief operating officer of YHG, said, “YHG has ambitious plans to continue delivering much needed new homes across our region. In uncertain times we have been able to keep moving forward with our new developments. W are currently working on plans for several new opportunities that, in total, will create more than 1000 new additional homes.
“We are really pleased to be able to start work in Kirkby to transform this derelict site and bring fantastic new homes to the area. Throughout this process we have received great support from Knowsley Council and ENGIE to create this development, and we look forward to working with them.”
The first properties are expected to be completed in early 2022. Pete Hayes, head of land and partnerships at ENGIE, added: “ENGIE and YHG have worked tirelessly over the past two years to help bring in to use this challenging and derelict brownfield site.
“By combining our technical and design expertise with YHG’s passion for creating much needed homes and sustainable communities, the organisations have collaborated to produce a housing offer that the Kirkby community can be proud of and will enable flexibility of tenure for our customers.”
This development has been funded through YHG’s strategic partnership with Homes England. It was announced as one of the Government housing agency’s strategic partners in January 2019.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, also said: “The development will offer a greater choice for existing residents, as well as attracting more residents into the area, in terms of budget, size and style. I look forward to seeing work progress over the coming months.”