Kensington is Merseyside's largest Renewal Area, covering 5,531 properties and includes numerous buildings of architectural merit, as well as a large Victorian park and gardens. Property type, size and density vary across Kensington.
The Neighbourhood Renewal Assessment undertaken in 2004 identified Edge Hill as having the worst housing conditions in the area and it is currently undergoing a major programme of clearance and redevelopment. Some areas of non-decency were also found in other neighbourhoods within the Renewal Area.
The programme in Kensington includes the demolition of approximately 900 houses, predominantly within the Edge Hill neighbourhood. The Phasing Plan shows how the clearance programme is being implemented in stages, to limit the amount of disruption and to maximise opportunities for residents to relocate to the new properties being provided in the area if they choose.
The clearance of the Edge Hill Phase 2 site was completed in December 2009, which allowed work to start on the first phase of the Williamson Place site. Williamson Place is a new build housing development that is being built in three phases and which will provide 164 new energy efficient homes (see New Build below for further details).
Demolition of the Kensington High Street frontage has enabled work to start on the second phase of the Kensington Square/Gilead Street development.
Demolition of commercial units located on the Lomond/Grampian site also started in May 2010 to make way for the second phase of the Fairfield new build development.
Modern homes with gardens and parking facilities are currently being built by Bellway Homes, the lead developer across the Kensington Renewal Area. Approximately 500 new homes will be built on the main cleared sites. These new homes will provide modern standards and choice to the current community and people looking to move into the Kensington area.
New Build developments completed so far include:
New Build developments currently on site:
Joshua Place Phase 2 - This phase of the development will provide a further 46 mixed tenure properties. Residents have begun moving into their new homes and work is due to be completed by February 2011. Work on the third and final phase of Joshua Place is due to start after the approval of the new planning application, which replaces the apartments originally planned with more houses.
Williamson Place Phase 1 (Central Edge Hill Phase 2) - The first phase will provide 54 new three and four bedroom houses and eight two bedroom bungalows for outright sale. 47 of the new homes have been reserved by local residents who are affected by the regeneration of Edge Hill. Residents have begun moving into their new homes and the development is expected to be fully occupied by March 2011. Later phases in the Williamson Place development will include a mix of homes for private ownership, shared ownership and social rent.
Kensington Square Phase 2 - Building work on Phase 2 has started following the demolition of the frontage properties along Kensington High Street. The completed scheme will provide homes for sale, rent and shared ownership. Residents are expected to move into their new homes from March 2011.
A refurbishment programme has been ongoing in the sustainable neighbourhoods since 2003 to improve both the environment and the front elevations of houses. This is complemented by Riverside/Community 7, implementing an extensive refurbishment scheme to their houses in the area, as well as investing in vacant properties and bringing them back into use for sale or rent to residents affected by clearance.
The refurbishment scheme is being rolled out across the Kensington Fields and Holt neighbourhoods.
For more information about the Front Environmental Improvement Programme contact your local Neighbourhood Management Team by phoning Liverpool Direct on 0151 233 3001 or visiting the City and North Neighbourhood Management Team at:Job Bank
Plans to regenerate the Edge Lane Corridor are progressing well with Liverpool Vision, together with partners Home & Communities Agency, North West Regional Development Agency and Liverpool City Council working to deliver the long awaited transformation of this area.
The Edge Lane West scheme will help transform the wider Edge Lane Corridor into a modern, major gateway into Liverpool, designed to meet the needs of local communities and give a positive impression to visitors to the city.
It will include:
Work on the new road layout began on 31st August 2010 following the demolition of frontage properties and is expected to last 18 months.
As a New Deal for Communities area, Kensington has also benefited from investment in local retail, community facilities and the environment, via the delivery structure of Kensington Regeneration. New Deal for Communities (NDC) ended on 31st March 2010 and Kensington Regeneration NDC has been replaced by successor body Kensington Regeneration Community Interest Company.
Due to a major funding investment of £952,000 from Kensington Regeneration a series of environmental improvement works are being undertaken to establish an attractive, accessible urban neighbourhood park with sustainable, long-term management arrangements.
The result will be an accessible, more attractive, well managed and sustainable neighbourhood park at the heart of Kensington. This will provide important health, leisure and recreational facilities to those who live, work in or visit Kensington. This development will:
The new Kensington Neighbourhood Centre on Prescot Road/Beech Street is nearly complete. This was a joint funded project with CPT Ltd as the developer and contributions from Kensington Regeneration and Riverside Housing. The centre is home to a Merseyside Fire and Rescue Community Fire Station and six retail units. It also includes a new Iceland frozen food store, which opened in October 2010 and is the first stage of the development to be completed. 28 two bedroom apartments for rent have also been built as part of the development.
The regeneration of Kensington is expected to be a 10 year process.
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