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Work due to start on new homes in Kirkby

by Nicola Appleton

Your Housing Group has announced that work will start later this month on a £37m housing development that will create 266 new homes and transform the gateway to Kirkby.

The development on Whitefield Drive in Kirkby will be called Whitefield Brook, to compliment the nearby Kirkby Brook. It will be delivered by local Warrington based housing provider, Your Housing Group, in partnership with ENGIE.

The site will consist of 266 houses: 106 for shared ownership, 115 affordable rent and 45 for private rent.   It will have a mix of two, three and four-bedroom bespoke, contemporary designed units in a beautifully landscaped community setting.

Jacque Allen, Chief Operating Officer of Your Housing Group said:

“Your Housing Group 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 and 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.”

ENGIE has been appointed to deliver the design and construction of the new homes in accordance with Your Housing Group and Knowsley Council. The appointed Architects are Eden Building Design.

Pete Hayes, Head of Land & Partnerships at ENGIE, said:

“We are delighted to be continuing our long-standing partnership with Your Housing Group. 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 ENGIE’s 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 project is a perfect example of ENGIE’s focus on creating energy-efficient communities fit for 21st century living, and we’re all looking forward to getting started on site and delivering a transformational development for Kirkby.”

Plan were approved by Knowsley Borough Council earlier this year, and they have welcomed the investment into affordable homes.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:

“I’m delighted that work will be able to start on this scheme, which will provide more quality homes in Kirkby. 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.”

This development has been funded through Your Housing Group’s Strategic Partnership with Homes England. Your Housing Group was announced as one of the government Housing Agency’s Strategic Partners in January 2019, receiving £87.5 million of funding in line with the Government’s aspiration to provide 11,000 affordable new homes across the country.

First properties are expected to be completed in early 2022.

Anyone interested in a property should call 0151 601 5833 for more information.