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Consultation Question Responses: Round 1

March - May 2020

General Enquiries

Our community consultation process has and continues to be as open and transparent as possible to ensure we are actively addressing any concerns raised by local people. Your views are important to us and we want to address any concerns you may have, so please contact the team with any specific queries via consultations@torus.co.uk

If you have specific questions relating to your property or opportunities to work with the team on the redevelopment of Melwood, please get in touch with consultations@torus.co.uk and we will put you in touch with the relevant member of the team.

If you have specific questions relating to your property or opportunities to work with the team on the redevelopment of Melwood, please get in touch with consultations@torus.co.uk and we will put you in touch with the relevant member of the team.

As no designs have been confirmed, we cannot comment on what types of properties will be available at Melwood. Please wait for further information to be released, which will detail what type of homes will be available and how to apply for a property on site.

Green Space & Public Areas

Torus will maintain any communal greenspace on the Melwood site to ensure it is well kept for the use of people who live in West Derby.

It is important for us, as a group, to maintain as much greenspace on the Melwood site as possible and we are looking at design principles which allow for the provision of usable greenspaces across the development. However, no designs have been finalised and as consultation is still ongoing, we cannot confirm how much greenspace will be maintained as of yet.

It is important for us, as a group, to maintain as much greenspace on the Melwood site as possible and we are looking at design principles which allow for the provision of usable greenspaces across the development. However, no designs have been finalised and as consultation is still ongoing, we cannot confirm how much greenspace will be maintained as of yet.

Existing Facilities and Infrastructure

We have reached out to a number of local organisations and have extended consultation opportunities to local schools and GP surgeries, however, with regards to subscriptions and the needs of the local community, this is something the Local Authority and NHS England manages and monitors. Therefore, if extra local amentities are needed as a response to the Melwood site being redeveloped, it will be decided by Liverpool City Council.

Decisions on the future of exisiting facilities on the Melwood site will be confirmed throughout the next round of community consultation. At this point, nothing has been finalised and feedback from the local community will inform if and how the exisiting facilities will be used in the future.

We are not aware of any issues with regards to telecommunications and therefore do not anticipate the redevelopment of Melwood impacting telecommunications in the local area.

Decisions on the future of exisiting facilities on the Melwood site will be confirmed throughout the next round of community consultation. At this point, nothing has been finalised and feedback from the local community will inform if and how the exisiting facilities will be used in the future.

Decisions on the future of exisiting facilities on the Melwood site will be confirmed throughout the next round of community consultation. At this point, nothing has been finalised and feedback from the local community will inform if and how the exisiting facilities will be used in the future.

We are undertaking thorough assessment of Melwood and have employed multiple specialist consultants to conduct surveys of the site and review traffic projections and flood risk. In addition, we are reviewing survey work previously undertaken on behalf of Liverpool Football Club. We will implement any recommendations generated from these surveys to ensure the site is built in a way that minimises pressure on local infrastructure.

Decisions on the future of exisiting facilities on the Melwood site will be confirmed throughout the next round of community consultation. At this point, nothing has been finalised and feedback from the local community will inform if and how the exisiting facilities will be used in the future.

LFC players moved from the site in November, however LFC will fully vacate Melwood in early 2021.

House Types & Tenures

As plans for the site are yet to be finalised, the mix of housing tenures have not been confirmed. However, the site will see a mix of tenures built on site which will include affordable rental and ownership options. We are committed to bolstering affordable housing options in the area and in line with findings from research conducted on West Derby's housing proposition, a percentage of homes at Melwood will be available via affordable options such as Rent to Buy or Shared Ownership.

The site itself will be mixed tenure, which means the homes on site will be available through different rental and ownership options such as Affordable Rent, Rent to Buy, Shared Ownership or Outright Sale. This is so we can help meet local need and provide people with opportunities to get onto the property ladder, downsize or buy a home big enough for their family.

An Extra Care Scheme will be built on site which will see specialist apartments created for those with care needs and we are liaising with Liverpool City Council to understand what specific specialist accommodation needs there are in West Derby and the wider Liverpool City Region. When completed, these apartments will likely be available via Property Pool Plus which will give interested people the opportunity to apply for a home in the scheme.

Multi-generational means that Melwood will become home to people at all stages of life. We will build a mix of homes which are suitable for first time buyers, families, older people and those with specialist care needs to help build a community that is multi-generational and is suitable for a number of people.

Torus will be the landlord on any rental properties that are built on site and will maintain, repair and manage any rental homes at Melwood. As a socially-focused landlord, all our commercial profits will be used to ensure tenants of Melwood are at the heart of everything we do on site.

As plans for the site haven't been finalised, we do not know how many family homes will be built on site and cannot confirm how many families will move into the area.

Construction

The exact number of homes built on site are yet to be confirmed, however it will be above 160 and below 200 units and this number will likely include 100 homes in a single, self-contained Extra Care Scheme.

Based on current designs, the Extra Care Scheme will likely be 3 storey. This will be subject to community consultation and the planning process for the site.

It is intended that any homes built on the boundary of Melwood will face outwards in to order to make the street more vibrant and visually appealing.

Currently, design proposals do not include any paths or walkways next to existing properties.

When a contractor is employed, site times will be agreed as part of the Construction Method Statement with Torus, the contractor and Liverpool City Council. Generally, works take place Monday - Friday, with Saturday working taking place occassionally and at reduced hours. However, these will be confirmed when works start and residents around the perimeter of the site will be updated before construction begins.

At the moment, designs do have footpaths entering the site from Crown Road.

Construction is planned to start at Melwood in early 2022, however, this is subject to the planning permission process and may change.

When building, we will observe Liverpool City Council's separation distances to existing properties. Currently, our plans actually exceed this guidance, so we will be building further away from existing paths and properties to maintain residents privacy.

Yes, when a contractor is appointed, pest control will be included in the Construction Management Plan.

What happens to perimeter walls is still to be confirmed and we are waiting on results of surveys to understand who owns the land the walls are built on. However, nothing will be decided until existing residents are consulted with.

Flooding

We are currently undertaking a flood risk assessment with an independent consultant engineer, and reviewing previous surveys and evidence of flooding – including the recent flooding event at the junction of Deysbrook Lane and Melwood Drive. We have placed formal enquiries with United Utilities, and are undertaking a CCTV assessment of the drainage network at Melwood to better understand the network. We are keen to include sustainable drainage systems into the development and will work to reduce surface water flows from the site as far as possible, and thereby seek improvements to the surface water drainage situation for the surrounding area.

We are currently undertaking a flood risk assessment with an independent consultant engineer, and reviewing previous surveys and evidence of flooding – including the recent flooding event at the junction of Deysbrook Lane and Melwood Drive. We have placed formal enquiries with United Utilities, and are undertaking a CCTV assessment of the drainage network at Melwood to better understand the network. We are keen to include sustainable drainage systems into the development and will work to reduce surface water flows from the site as far as possible, and thereby seek improvements to the surface water drainage situation for the surrounding area.

We are currently undertaking a flood risk assessment with an independent consultant engineer, and reviewing previous surveys and evidence of flooding – including the recent flooding event at the junction of Deysbrook Lane and Melwood Drive. We have placed formal enquiries with United Utilities, and are undertaking a CCTV assessment of the drainage network at Melwood to better understand the network. We are keen to include sustainable drainage systems into the development and will work to reduce surface water flows from the site as far as possible, and thereby seek improvements to the surface water drainage situation for the surrounding area.

Traffic & Parking

Traffic studies are currently being undertaken, which will inform how the site will be planned.

We are yet to join up with the St Paul's School traffic consultation, however, we will raise this with the transport consultant.

Melwood will be actively designed to minimise pressure on existing traffic hotspots - this will be informed by the traffic study and will see us incorporate a variety of measures to ease traffic flow in and around the development.

With any Section 106, how it is used is decided by the council, so allocated funds will be invested by Liverpool City Council as they see fit.

Regarding traffic lights, we will take advice from Liverpool City Council's Highway Engineers on the need for any off-site highway infrastructure.


We are exploring options for car pool schemes on the site and should anything be agreed upon, further information will be circulated as and when available. At this point, nothing has been confirmed and we are still consulting with community members about what transport solutions could be incorporated into Melwood.

Traffic studies are currently being undertaken, which will inform how the site will be planned.

Multiple parking solutions will be incorporated into the site so that any vehicles at Melwood will not impact residents around the site by overspilling onto streets around the scheme.

We are exploring options for car pool schemes on the site and should anything be agreed upon, further information will be circulated as and when available. At this point, nothing has been confirmed and we are still consulting with community members about what transport solutions could be incorporated into Melwood.

Regarding traffic lights, we will take advice from Liverpool City Council's Highway Engineers on the need for any off-site highway infrastructure.

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