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Knowsley MBC

Living Over the Shops Scheme (LOTS) in Prescot

Forming part of the ‘Restore’ Consortium, consisting of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral Councils, Knowsley was successful in bidding for a share of £16.75m from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to tackle empty properties across the Liverpool City Region.

In total, Knowsley secured £0.229m and developed a scheme to convert disused office/storage/retail space in Prescot Town Centre. Prescot presented a unique opportunity as the town centre had a high concentration of empty properties, and without a co-ordinated approach, these properties had little chance of being brought back into use. Furthermore the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a five year project to repair and restore of the town’s historic fabric and improve Prescot’s appearance, was due to start. It was felt each scheme would complement each other to make Prescot the vibrant place it once was.

The schemes were also funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council and other local partners and would see around £4m invested into the town, highlighting Prescot’s rich heritage, attracting new business whilst creating new homes.

Prescot is one of the oldest towns in Merseyside and has a wealth of impressive architecture, dating from Georgian, Victorian and even medieval times with most of the town centre designated a conservation area. As a result, aside from the usual re-development and planning issues faced when converting buildings, in completing the LOTS scheme the team overcame numerous and varied challenges.

All properties are now fully accredited under Knowsley’s Landlord Accreditation Scheme and available to rent at affordable rent for a period of five years. 

When available properties will be advertised through Property Pool Plus.

Are there empty homes next to your property?

We know that empty homes have a negative impact on neighbourhoods. If your rental property is next to an empty home, it can reduce the level of rent that you can charge and contribute to Anti-Social Behaviour. Report empty homes to Restore and we’ll explore the best solution.