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Issue:- 6 November  2012

3rd phase of housing to commence at Norris Green

REGENERATION Liverpool, a partnership between Liverpool City Council and regeneration specialist Sigma Inpartnership, has announced the 3rd phase of development at its £100 million scheme in Norris Green. The phase will see 63 new homes built by Countryside Sigma, a joint venture between Countryside and Sigma Inpartnership, as part of the on going redevelopment of the estate. 115 new homes have already been completed at Norris Green Village and construction of the latest phase will start on site ver December 2012.   Earlier phases have enjoyed the benefit of a shared equity product to assist first time buyers. The partnership and the Council are continuing to take shared equity on this latest phase as part of its long term investment in the area. It is expected that the value of this shared equity will grow as market conditions improve. The shared equity value is released when the 1st purchasers sell, or after 10 years, whichever happens 1st.   The new phase will be situated off Heathwaite Crescent and will comprise a mix of 2 storey, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses. 20 will be affordable homes and 43 will be sold privately. A selection of the 3 and 4 bedroom homes will also feature additional garages.

Graeme Hogg, director of Sigma Inpartnership, said:- "This 3rd phase marks another significant step in the redevelopment of Norris Green Village. The regeneration is building real momentum now and we are delighted that the renewed confidence in the area is reflecting itself so positively in the form of new house sales."

Ian Simpson, land director at Countryside, said:- "The 1st 2 phases at Norris Green Village have been extremely popular with all of the private homes having now been sold. We are confident that the sales on the third phase will be just as successful and we look forward to seeing the homes going up and more families moving in to the area."

Councillor Ann O'Byrne, the City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and chair of Regeneration Liverpool, said:- "I'm delighted the 3rd phase of this vital housing scheme is getting underway; it's fantastic news for local people. The Regeneration Liverpool partnership is presenting really exciting opportunities for us to build a better future for our communities, and the massive progress being made in Norris Green is a shining example of that."

Regeneration Liverpool is a true partnership between the community, public and private sectors and is delivering sustainable and effective regeneration across the City of Liverpool.

'Break the Bag Habit' coalition say Prime Minister's 'softly softly' approach hasn't cut it – legislate now!

THE coalition Government must not ignore leading environmental groups calling for a charge on single use bags in the light of new figures showing that bag litter in England is not declining.

Now, the 'Break the Bag Habit' campaign made up of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Greener upon Thames, Keep Britain Tidy (KBT), the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and Thames21, says the Government must announce the introduction of a charge in England if we are to see the same reductions in carrier bag use as are being recorded in Wales, where a charge was introduced in October 2011.

The latest Local Environmental Quality Survey of England carried out by Keep Britain Tidy has shown no decrease in the number of plastic bags discarded as litter in England. David Cameron had called for retailers to reduce voluntarily the number of bags they give out, but this shows little sign of working.

Sam Harding from the 'Break the Habit' campaign said these figures show that Mr Cameron's softly softly approach has failed and the Government must listen to retailers who realise the positive benefits a charge will have for their business and consumers alike.

"The 5p charge for single use carrier bags in Wales enjoys strong support from both retailers and shoppers and has resulted in a 22% reduction in their use. We want the Government to encourage consumers to make positive choices at the checkout and reduce their use of carrier bags. Retailers handed out over 6 billion bags in England in 2011; that is up 7.5% on 2010, most of which are only used for a few minutes before being thrown away.  Re-using bags or purchasing 'bags for life' will soon become second nature to shoppers as will paying a small charge when new bags are needed."

And there is support for a charge on both sides of the checkout. High Street retailer Marks and Spencer have seen a 78% reduction bag usage by their customers after they introduced a 5p charge on single use bags in store in 2008, whilst the Head of Environment at the British Retail Consortium Bob Gordon has said:- "If other governments see reducing the use of carrier bags as a priority, they will have to take a lead and go beyond voluntary measures. Any legislation should be as similar as possible to what's in place in Wales and we are already working with other governments as they develop their plans."

The 'Break the Bag Habit' coalition says that when the carrier bag charge debate is opened on their social network feeds there is overwhelming support for paying for single use bags. The group say George Osborne's Autumn Statement is the obvious place to start the ball rolling on a charge.

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