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Issue:- 12 December 2013

Regeneration Liverpool gets the go ahead for further development at NGV Liverpool

REGENERATION Liverpool, the joint venture partnership between regeneration specialist Sigma Inpartnership and Liverpool City Council, has signed an agreement with Countryside Sigma Ltd to develop 24 new homes in the Norris Green area.

The new, high quality 2 bedroom homes will be built at the NGV Liverpool development adjacent to Monksdown Primary School and will be managed by housing association Cobalt Housing.

Planning permission has been granted to develop the homes. Construction will commence later this month.

In addition, a planning application for improvement works at the school is also due to be submitted imminently by Regeneration Liverpool, which
(subject to approval) will start on site in January 2014, and will enhance the physical and working environment of the school, which already enjoys 'Outstanding' Ofsted credentials.

Graeme Hogg, director at Sigma Inpartnership, said:- "We are very pleased to have signed the agreement to develop the new two bedroom homes at NGV Liverpool. We are wasting no time at all in getting on site and we expect all 24 homes to be up and ready for people to move in by March 2014. The new homes will complement the works planned to take place at Monksdown Primary School, with both projects assisting the Mayor in achieving his priorities to improve educational provision and provide new homes in the City."

Councillor Ann O'Byrne, the City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and chair of Regeneration Liverpool, said:- "The work Regeneration Liverpool is doing to transform housing in Norris Green is making a huge difference to local people, and this is yet more good news for the area. If we want to build attractive, vibrant and sustainable communities, it's really important that good quality housing is supported by excellent local facilities. This scheme is a great example of how we can achieve that. By tying in major investment in new homes with improvements to the local school, we can ensure there are even wider benefits for the community. It's fantastic to see things moving forward at such pace in Norris Green, with the submission of this latest planning application. If is given the go-ahead, this scheme will be an important piece of the jigsaw in the wider regeneration of the area."

Stephanie Gough, head teacher at Monksdown Primary School, said:- "The entire school community is very excited about the proposed plans for our school. We will be getting extra playground space for the pupils in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, including wild life gardens, a fruit and vegetable allotment and a sports area. The Junior children will have additional green space and a bike shed. Improved security measures include new fences and CCTV."

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.

Ofcom said in 2015 "freephone will mean free"

IT might sound good, but sadly we still have to wait until 2015 for 0800, 0808 and 116 numbers to be free, but many will see this as a good move forward. The telecoms watchdog said that it is part of a a major overhaul to make telephone call charges and dialling codes clearer. Currently these numbers are only free from landlines and cost mobile phone users between 14p and 40p a minute. Also Ofcom's new rules target much it costs to call companies and organisations such as government agencies and charities on non-geographic numbers; like those beginning with 08, 09 and 118. Ahead of these changes a nationwide communications campaign will launch in 2014, aimed at explain the call charge changes. These new Ofcom rules have will not come into effect until 26 June 2015. Ofcom said that this gap should allow all the companies and service providers to make all the changes required.

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