The Group is building a solid reputation for regeneration on the back of its extensive work in the Anfield area of Liverpool.
We recognise the need for a wholesale approach to regeneration and firmly believe that it’s not just about bricks and mortar. Its proactive approach to apprenticeships, to transforming retail areas, building capacity in communities and crucially, to understanding the personality of neighbourhoods and rolling out our investment strategy into our other sustainable communities, is proving to be the difference between success and failure.
When we started work on The Anfield Project five years ago, part of a long-running programme to regenerate the area, people didn’t come to us asking to live there. Now they do.
In partnership with Liverpool Football Club and Liverpool City Council, the Anfield Project has created more than 400 new and refurbished homes and improvements to landscaping and gardens.
- We’ve invested more than £23m into developing 161 new homes for private rent and shared ownership, most recently bringing a further 27 homes back into use for affordable rent
- We’ve combined pairs of small terraced houses into one to create spacious family homes with improved outside space
- We demolished poor quality homes beyond investment to create more open spaces for surrounding homes, some with gardens
- We’ve rebuilt historically significant homes
- New secure communal bin stores will tackle long-standing issues such as rubbish left in cramped alleyways
We’re proud of what we have achieved in Anfield, and many of our partners and customers who now live there feel the same.
“It’s been a real privilege to have played a part in Anfield’s regeneration and witness hundreds of new families move into the area thanks to our house-building programme.”
Brian Cronin, Chief Executive of Your Housing Group
“The rebirth of the Anfield neighbourhood is arguably one of the greatest regeneration achievements in Britain in the past decade.”
Councillor Ann O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool
“Anfield has transformed”
Niki Leech, 37, has lived in Anfield for nine years with her three children. She recently moved into her new home in Rockfield Road.
She said: “Anfield has transformed in the years I’ve lived here, there is a good atmosphere next to the stadium but there is also more to the area now, we have a community. My house is a new-build with a very traditional “look” about it, I love the bay windows and high ceilings. We have a large garden and I’m looking forward to the kids playing outside in the summer time.”
Regeneration for Partington
We’ve identified Partington in Trafford, Greater Manchester, as an excellent opportunity for regeneration. Your Housing Group wants to create a thriving community with a sustainable future which could lead to some exciting new re-development and further investment in the area.
Working with residents and Trafford Council, we’re in the process of developing an exciting vision for the neighbourhood. We’ve already carried out a consultation with residents, looking at ways to improve the look and layout of housing, make better use of open spaces and explore opportunities to transform vacant sites into much-needed new homes.
A further consultation to develop the proposals further is expected to take place this summer.
When customers become café owners
Your Housing Group customer Neil Sherrat approached us about opening his own community café through our Work Club programme in Biddulph, Staffordshire. He’d volunteered in a local community café for many years before it closed, so he knew his stuff.
We invited Neil to present a business plan and in return we offered him one of our empty shops, help with redecorating and an initial grace period on rent while the business got up and running.
We even found his first employee for him. Emma Price was struggling to find employment and was accessing advice and support from with us.
Toast to Roast serves a range of meals made daily with fresh produce including a roast dinner, authentic curry made from scratch and traditional homemade pies, all priced at around £5.
- Toast to Roast is on St. John’s Road in Biddulph and is open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 3.30pm and Saturday 8am to 12pm.
“This really is a dream come true for me and Your Housing Group has been a huge part of making it happen. Without them I don’t think we’d have been able to open a new café to serve the community.”