Approval for New Ferry regeneration following ‘apocalyptic’ gas explosion

Regenda plans for New Ferry

Liverpool-based housing concern, the Regenda Group, has been granted planning approval for 34 new homes as part of the first phase of the regeneration of New Ferry, which was devastated by a gas explosion in March, 2017.

The redevelopment of New Ferry will bring more than 70 new properties to the area, as well as new open space and improvements to the high street.

In the first phase, 34 one- and two-bed apartments will be built on Bebington Road and Boundary Road, with construction expected to begin in autumn 2023.

Martin Davies, director of development for The Regenda Group, said: “After extensive public consultation, I am delighted that Wirral Council have granted planning approval for these properties.

“This development will bring modern, energy efficient homes to the area, with a range of tenures to suit the needs of local people.”

Homes will be built by M&Y Maintenance and Construction, which has been building and maintaining homes for more than 40 years.

Affordable rent properties will be let through housing association Regenda Homes, and Rent to Buy homes will be let through Merseyside-based property specialist, Redwing. All are part of The Regenda Group.

Michael Birkett, CEO of The Regenda Group, said: “This is a truly transformational project that will see the regeneration of New Ferry.

“We’re not only building great quality, affordable homes, we’re investing in the wider community. This development will offer apprenticeships through The Learning Foundry and we want to engage with local school children through aspirations partner, Positive Footprints.

“As a regeneration group, we know it takes more than bricks and mortar to make a place thrive, and we want to work with local people and organisations to deliver a lasting legacy we can all be proud of.”

Devastation caused by the New Ferry explosion

Construction is expected to take around 18 months to complete.

Properties have been designed by John McCall Architects.

A planning application for the properties on the next phase will made over the coming months.

New Ferry was devastated by an explosion on March 25, 2017, which injured 81 people and forced many out of their homes and businesses.

A court heart in January 2019 that the “apocalyptic” explosion that injured 81 people and caused “utter devastation” was an insurance job that went badly wrong.

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