145 homes planned in landmark Edge Lane development

Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) has submitted plans for a major development of 145 high-quality homes on Edge Lane, Liverpool.

The application promotes a landmark mixed tenure scheme on a gateway site between the M62 and Liverpool city centre, and forms part of a wider award-winning partnership approach to create 1,500 new homes across the city. 

It means a brighter future for the 1.5-hectare site bounded by Royston Street, Durning Road, Marmaduke Street and Edge Lane, where poor-quality terraced properties had previously been demolished to enable the wider regeneration of Liverpool’s arterial Edge Lane corridor.

LMH expects to invest close to £20m on the new scheme, which would be divided into two primary elements - distinctive three to four storey properties facing Edge Lane, containing 107 one and two-bed apartments, and 38 attractive two and three-bed homes facing Royston Street.

Visually striking contemporary designs by award-winning Bowker Sadler Architecture provide a unique identity and sense of place. The homes will also benefit from car and cycle parking spaces, and private amenity areas, including balconies and gardens.

Chris Bowen, Development Director at Liverpool Mutual Homes, said, “The Edge Lane scheme is a great example of how LMH is working to deliver affordable quality homes as well as significant regeneration across Liverpool to tackle the city’s housing shortage.

“We anticipate strong demand for the low-cost home ownership properties, backed by the exciting growth taking place in this part of the city and Edge Lane corridor as a whole, including the new Royal Hospital and adjacent Knowledge Quarter.”

Edge Lane is the latest in a number of LMH schemes to be developed under the umbrella of the award-winning Liverpool Housing Partnership - a ground-breaking consortium created by Liverpool City Council.

Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said, “Edge Lane is bookended by two vital regeneration schemes, the Knowledge Quarter and Liverpool Shopping Park, which means that it is important that we get the right mix and quality of housing for local people. 

“This is the latest phase in the ongoing improvement of this neighbourhood, aimed at making it a great place to live and reversing decades of decline.” 

Local residents were consulted about the scheme at a Public Information event on 1st June and further consultation will take place as part of the planning application process. Dependent on approvals, construction on phase one could begin in early 2018, ahead of full completion in 2020.