Homes to be built on site of school

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Picture by Jonathan P. Neill

Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Picture © Jonathan P. Neill

Liverpool City Council is set to dispose of the site of a former school in Toxteth, paving the way for the delivery of almost 40 affordable homes in the area.

The city’s Cabinet is expected to approve plans for the sale of land, which formerly housed Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, to social housing provider Plus Dane Group.

The sale of the land will also include an adjacent site bounded by Amity Street, North Hill Street and Letitia Street and will allow the Plus Dane Group to start work on 38 affordable new homes for locals.

Plus Dane has received planning permission to build a combination of cheap two, three and four bedroom houses on the site. Twenty two of those will be for rent, with the remaining 16 for sale.

If the land transfer is approved on Friday 21 March by the Cabinet, Plus Dane will commence construction in April, with the scheme to be completed in March 2015.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “We continue to work hard to improve housing across the city, and this scheme would make an important contribution to delivering the affordable housing that local people so badly need.

“It’s yet another example of how we are working with our partners, and making best use of our assets. It’s helping bring in new investment and deliver housing that meets the needs of residents and breathes new life into our neighbourhoods.”

Following delays in the delivery of the Welsh Streets scheme after the planning application was called in for a public inquiry by the Secretary of State, the Mount Carmel development will provide much need affordable homes in this part of Liverpool.

The scheme will also contain a proportion of shared ownership properties, which will be aimed at first time buyers, looking to secure high quality, energy efficient homes in the area.

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