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First homes on £14m development unveiled in Speke

The first new homes on the Mill Brow development in Speke have been unveiled in a ceremony organised by homebuilder Keepmoat Homes, Liverpool City Council and South Liverpool Homes.

They have been delivered as part of a 4 year partnership programme that will bring 147 new two, three and four bedroom family homes to the area. Of these 132 will be for sale and 15 made available for affordable rent and shared ownership through South Liverpool Homes.

During the ceremony seven completed homes were handed over to South Liverpool Homes and the show home for the site was officially opened by children from St Ambrose RC School in Speke.

Keepmoat has supported the school since work began on the development, most recently creating a unique spiritual garden on a piece of unused land within the grounds of the school. The garden provides the children with a place to relax and think as well as helping them learn the practical skills needed for the garden’s upkeep. The homebuilder also donated a much-needed dishwasher to the school, a great help to the kitchen staff who have spent years washing hundreds of dishes by hand.

Gareth Roberts, Regional Managing Director for Keepmoat Homes in the North West, said: “This is our first development in Speke and we are delighted to be partnering with Liverpool City Council and South Liverpool Homes to re-generate the area.

“It was wonderful to mark one of the first milestones of the scheme with a ceremony attended by the local St Ambrose RC School.

For us it isn’t just about building homes but about creating places where people want to live and supporting the local community.”

Claire Ryan, Director of Investment & Assurance for South Liverpool Homes said: “This new development will bring the first shared ownership homes to Speke, an affordable sales product to meet the growing needs of local people priced out of the property market.

“We are continuing our regeneration programme to build over 200 family-sized homes across South Liverpool over the next three years which will be a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and rent to buy – a Government scheme to ease the transition from renting to buying.”

Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing at Liverpool City Council, said: “This scheme has delivered new much-needed homes for the local community and is part of our work to make sure we have a range of housing suitable for a range of budgets across the city.”