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A 2.4ha regeneration project in a deprived area of Liverpool has taken a step forward with the granting of planning permission for community housing.
#DestinationBootle is a 2.4ha stretch along the
Leeds-Liverpool Canal which social enterprise organisation SAFE Regeneration
intends to transform into a live-work community space.
Architect Ellis Williams created the masterplan to provide
over 100 new homes within a community-focused landscaped public realm linking
the existing surrounding communities with the heritage canal frontage.
Accommodation will include family townhouses, one- and
two-bed apartments and an 80-bed extra care facility, in a mixture of housing
tenures that includes affordable and shared ownership.
Homes will be arranged around an 1,718 sq m purpose-built
Hub Building and the pub, The Lock and Quay, which will be refurbished and
extended to 700 sq m, incorporating B&B accommodation.
Indices of Deprivation place the neighbourhood among the
worst 0.5% in the UK, with high levels of unemployment and crime, poor health,
educational achievement and housing. The area is run down, with boarded-up
buildings and derelict wasteground. Cramped terraces sit alongside industrial
spaces, with few green spaces.
Brian McGorry, chair of the CIOB Liverpool Hub and associate
with Rider Levett Bucknall, was part of the team overseeing the project
management. The current SAFE site
already houses workshops, studios, business incubation units and community arts
programmes as well as its own microbrewery and community pub. It is also host
to multiple community initiatives including the popular Bootle Music Festival.