Work is due to get underway on £5 million of affordable housing in the Liverpool City Region.
Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) will build 38 new properties on sites in Murdishaw and Castlefields in Runcorn.
The £2.3m Murdishaw scheme will see the former site of the Jolly Brewer pub transformed into 10 two-bedroom flats and eight two-bedroom houses as LHT works with Halton Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Peter Rooney, business development project officer at Symphony Housing Group – which LHT is part of – says: “This development has been two years in the making and will not only provide 18 new homes for LHT, but also greatly improve access links to the local shops for Murdishaw residents.”
The £2.7m Castlefields project will see 20 new homes developed on the former Bridgewater Day Centre site, including 10 two-bedroom flats for affordable rent and 10 two-bedroom houses for Shared Ownership sale.
Peter adds: “This development is great news for Castlefields and reinforces LHT’s commitment to the area.”
Housebuilder Lovell is the contractor for the projects, and has agreed to provide employment and training opportunities to LHT tenants as part of the contract.
Both Runcorn developments have been part-funded through a grant from HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme 2015-18.
The new homes will be brought to the market once construction is completed.