Headlines: July 2nd, 2013

Liverpool City Council has started a search for a partner to build 1500 new homes and bring a further 1000 back into use.

Some 155 delegates from over 100 firms attended the programme launch event  where Mayor Joe Anderson said: “I’m delighted we have had such an overwhelming response. It shows developers have real confidence in Liverpool as a great place to do business. We are always looking at ways of doing things differently here, and this approach isn’t happening anywhere else in the country.

Joe Anderson said: “I promised to build 5,000 new homes in Liverpool by 2016. We’re already building 2,500 of them. “We want everyone in Liverpool to have access to a decent home, and that’s why improving our housing stock is one of my top priorities. To achieve this, it’s vital that we work creatively with other organisations from the public and private sector.

The ‘Build Our Future’ event  gave organisations the chance to meet the Mayor and find out about his plans for the five-year partnership, which will see the selected partner or partners working with the city council to deliver the new and re-furbished homes.

He added:. “This partnership will help us build on the fantastic progress we are making in housing in this city, unlocking new investment opportunities, and allowing us to pool resources and expertise. This is about improving the lives of thousands of local people, so we are only looking for organisations with a real commitment to housing regeneration – and the track record to back it up.”

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “We are making fantastic progress in this city through our £130m Housing Delivery Plan, and the buzz of housing activity can now be seen in every part of our city, from Anfield and NorrisGreenVillage to Edge Hill.

The council is also delivering a £3 million mortgage scheme with Lloyds Banking Group, which has already helped dozens of local families with the local authority providing loan ‘top-ups’ to help people into their first homes.

Liverpool needs to build almost 41,000 new homes by 2028 to meet demand.