First time buyers get a leg up to move into brand new homes

By George Morgan

Selected homes at Wirral Waters are set to become easier to purchase with Help to Buy support.

Wirral Waters, a project led by Peel L&P which could deliver up to 13,000 homes on the former Birkenhead docklands over the next 25 years, was criticised for being slow to get going.

However, the first Wirral Waters tenants will be moving into around 30 homes at East Float in the next few months.

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They will be moving into a mixture of striking red-brick Row House homes and Town House homes. Once the full development is completed, there will be 350 homes at East Float.

The homes have divided opinion locally, with one person calling them “vile” and another saying they “looked like lego” on the Facebook group Wallasey Gossip last month.

But others were glad to see the land being used and welcomed “new blood” coming to the area, paying Council Tax and spending money.

Urban Splash, the company delivering East Float in partnership with Peel L&P, has announced that Help to Buy will be available on some Row House homes, making them more accessible.

This government-backed scheme helps first-time buyers in England onto the property ladder by letting them buy a home with a deposit of just 5% of the purchase price.

For a two-bedroom Row House, priced at £210,000, this means a £10,500 deposit is required.

Row House homes are available in three sizes; a two-bedroom, two-storey home, a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half storey home, and the largest, a four-bedroom, three-storey home.

Liverpool-based architects shedkm designed the homes. Its director Ian Killick said: “We’ve been inspired by local aesthetics here – hence why they are clad in bright red profiled metal.

“We also wanted to provide a contrast to the neighbouring Town House homes, whilst equally complementing both designs. The result is a colourful heart to the new East Float community that we’re extremely proud of.

“This brand-new concept takes the idea of customer choice a step further than its Town House cousin.”

Mr Killick added: “The size options are offered on an ‘any house on any plot’ principal – which is a superb offering for those looking for a new home that provides individuality from the very start.

“The result of this is a mixed height streetscape with roof terrace positions chosen for the best views and orientation – the skyline is both interesting and unique and is basked in a beautiful red hue now that the cladding has been installed.”

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