First Residents Move Into Innovative Anfield Homes

2-Into-1 Terrace Conversions Create Much-Needed Family Homes in £5m Investment Programme

THE first families have moved in to the latest tranche of innovative conversions of traditional two-up-two-down terraces in Liverpool.

A £5m investment programme from Your Housing Group (YHG), with support from Liverpool City Council (LCC) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), is enabling the conversion of pairs of terraced houses into one larger family home.

Each conversion involves completely refiguring the interior of the property, while restoring the original frontage of the property where possible in order to retain the character of the local streets.

Kathy and Anne

Following a pilot scheme in Gurnall and Saker Streets, a further four houses in Gurnall Street have been converted, with the keys recently handed over to two local families.

Work is now taking place to convert a further 14 properties on neighbouring streets in Hayfield, Pulford, Randolph and Burnand Street, with completion due by June 2015.

Over 70 new houses will be created in total as part of the 2-into-1s. There is currently a waiting list of 35 local residents who will be given priority for the new re-modelled homes.

While similar projects have taken place elsewhere in the country, they are usually aimed at attracting new homeowners into the area. This is the only such scheme where existing residents of the area are set to benefit from the remodelled housing.

Kathy Cowell, Chair of Your Housing Group, commented:

This is a cost-effective, imaginative way of providing the sort of housing that Anfield residents actually want and need, while retaining the character of the local area. We’ve had excellent feedback from residents so far, and look forward to continuing this particular part of our regeneration programme and providing the people of Anfield with the high-quality housing stock they deserve.”

Coun Ann O’Byrne, Liverpool City Council cabinet member responsible for housing, added: “For the first time in a generation, people are now wanting to move to Anfield. Local streets are being transformed to create desirable, quality family homes for local people.”

The 2-into-1 conversions are part of a £260m regeneration plan which will transform the Anfield area and breathe life into north Liverpool. Orchestrated by a consortium led by Liverpool City Council, with support from Your Housing Group, Liverpool Football Club and other partners, the regeneration of the Anfield area will include new housing, improved shopping facilities and public spaces, office buildings, a hotel and the creation of a major new pedestrian-friendly avenue and public square.