WIRRAL: Plans for 43 affordable homes take major step forward
Plans for 43 affordable rented homes have taken a major step forward after being approved by the local authority.
Wirral Council has passed a proposal which will see 33 two storey houses, eight apartments and two bungalows, built on vacant land around New Chester Road and Chatham Road in Rock Ferry.
The design and access statement, written by DK Architects for the applicant Lovell Partnership, read: “The development brief provides a mix of 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom family houses, 1 and 2 bed bungalows and own front door flats all with a range of dwelling sizes and layouts designed to provide a variety of family accommodation.”
DK Architects argued the project will provide affordable housing designed specifically for the needs of the area.
The statement continued: “[The project will] provide much needed family homes [and] improve security and feelings of safety by developing a derelict site which currently provides an opportunity for anti-social behaviour.”
Another advantage of the project was that it will provide “a new route through to Chatham Road connecting the site and surrounding residential areas to the local [town] centre.”
Another feature of the scheme is that every home will have at least one car parking space.
But DK Architects noted the development is designed with environmental concerns in mind.
The design and access statement read: “New homes will be designed utilising ‘passive-low tech’ methods ensuring high insulation levels and good levels of air tightness [as well as] landscape design and planting to encourage biodiversity.”
The statement also insisted the plan was “highly sustainable” and added: “It will provide attractive mixed tenure addition to the local housing market, providing affordable new housing to meet the specifics of local demand.
“The detail of the new homes also addresses the sustainable principles of energy use, quality of environment, transport and ecology.”
The application argued there were other strengths to the scheme.
The statement discussed the importance of the Rock Ferry location. It read: “[The site has] excellent local public sustainable transport links via rail and bus to Liverpool and Chester as well as walking distance to local district centres.
“[There is] substantial tree planting throughout the scheme [and] all dwellings are adaptable and can accommodate all ages and needs whilst also allowing a family to live in the house through to old age.”
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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