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This new community-led regeneration project, which sits alongside a beautiful canal and is a stones throw from docklands, will largely comprise of community-led housing including a mix of affordable homes for families, shared ownership and extra-care accommodation.

The development will also provide a range of creative activities and services for the new neighbourhood and the scheme includes plans for both ground source heating/Solar PV system, meeting an estimated 99% of the site’s energy requirements along with a 15-20% reduction of energy bills for residents. The new neighbourhood will also feature new work units, leisure facilities, a canal-side eatery, guest accommodation, boat moorings & water-based heritage tours of the canal – becoming a true jewel in the crown of Liverpool City Region.

The scheme has received over £700,000 worth of funding support from Power to Change, Homes England Community-led Housing pot and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authorities Special Investment Fund to take this £33 million project through to full planning.

#DestinationBootle Hub View

The entire development has been designed to be long-term investment and has aimed to create a positive and transformational vision for Bootle which when delivered will be divided into the following four distinct phases:

Phase 1 involves the creation of a new three-storey Arts/Community Business Hub Facility on Carolina Basin to relocate SAFE’s operations offering office/studio/workshop space to existing and proposed enterprises, a Canal Discovery Centre, Public meeting spaces, potential day nursery, multipurpose hall, & canal-side pod units for community activities with associated parking.

Phase 2 is the main residential phase and involves the erection of 41, 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses and 39, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.

Phase 3 focuses development around the remodelling and extension of the Lock and Quay to create guest accommodation alongside a 100m2 Microbrewery relocated from the existing SAFE Hub. This phase will also involve the erection of additional residential accommodation including 27, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.

Phase 4 involves the creation of 80 apartments in an extra care facility – aimed at people 55 and over with some support needs.  Not all details of this element of the development scheme have been finalised at this stage.


Everything we have achieved, we have done working in partnership. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a happy, healthy neighbourhood –we are excited to be part of a passionate community that is helping us to shape and create a neighbourhood for the future.

Brian Dawe the CEO of SAFE



Ellis Williams specialise in community led regeneration developments and we are delighted to secure this unique project building on the great work and vision that SAFE has established. The unique mix of social enterprise, creative arts hub and community led housing will transform Bootle’s stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool and create a truly vibrant new community.

Louise Sheridan, Project Director Ellis Williams


Check out our latest news link for information on commenting on the masterplan. Comments will be accepted until consultation closes on at 5.00pm on 15th April 2020.  Any comments received after the application submission will be discussed with directly with the Planning Department.


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