A new £4.1m development of 36 eco-friendly homes for rent has been opened at Rice Lane and Springfield Place in Wallasey.
Residents, local school representatives and the mayor of Wirral, Councillor Moira McLaughlin, joined members of Cosmopolitan Housing Association, Wirral Council and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), to witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Previously a street of terraced houses dating back to 1919, the site has been redeveloped by Cosmopolitan Housing Association and Lovell Partnerships to provide 36 new homes that include a mix of two, three and four-bedroom bungalows and houses.
Speaking at the launch, Cosmopolitan Group chief executive John Denny, said: “We are delighted with the feedback from residents on Springfield Place and Rice Lane about the quality of this flagship development and how quickly they have settled in. This development delivers cutting edge eco-living at a very high standard on Merseyside.”
Each home has solar panels to provide hot water, smart meters that measure gas and electricity and automatic meter reading water meters as well as its own parking space and rear garden.
The development meets Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the Lifetime Homes standard and Secured by Design standards.
Debbie Pratt, 46, who lives on Springfield Place with her six year old daughter Emily, said:
“People can’t believe how warm the house is. I moved here from a two bed terrace in Birkenhead and I’m paying less than a third on my gas and electric compared to there. Even in bad weather you only need to put the heating on for about four hours a day and the house is lovely and toasty.”
Christine Hill, area manager for the HCA, commented:
“I’m pleased we have been able to work so closely with Cosmopolitan Housing Association and Wirral Council to support this important development. We share our partners’ views that this great scheme will help continue the transformation of the area while trailblazing the merits of sustainable living.”
Councillor George Davies, Wirral Council cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “It is great to see a new scheme come to life in one of our former Housing Market Renewal areas, providing high-quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes for Wirral residents.”