Registration next step on Council’s return to social housing market
Provider, owner & landlord
Registration will mean the Council will, once again, be able to act as a housing provider, stock owner and landlord. This is in line with plans to acquire the first Council homes at Buckley Hill Lane developed by the Council-owned housing development company, Sandway Homes.
In January, Sefton Council took the decision to re-enter the social housing market for the first time in nearly 15 years. Its first new, rented housing will be nine apartments on the Sefton Grange development at Buckley Hill Lane in Netherton, acquired from Sandway Homes, as part of their wider 63-home open market development.
Registering with the Regulator of Social Housing will also enable the Council to apply as an Investment Partner to Homes England to seek grant funding opportunities for the delivery of affordable housing.
Important further step
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “By registering with the Regulator of Social Housing we will be taking an important further step in the process to start providing affordable and high-quality housing directly for some of the Borough’s most vulnerable residents.
“Being able to progress developments such as Buckley Hill is just one advantages of the Council’s decision, in 2018, to establish Sandway Homes.
“It will mean that Sefton Council can help ensure residents have greater opportunities to get the homes they need and deserve.”
Sandway Homes is building 30 new homes at Hey Farm Gardens in Crossens and 47 at Sandy Brook in Ainsdale. Sefton Grange, near Netherton is another site being developed by Sandway, where work will commence in the new year.