Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee has approved major plans for the development of vacant land next to the junction of the M62 and Cronton Road in Huyton.
The development will initially include a building, with a contemporary design, for light and general industrial uses together with a new Aldi food store.
As part of the plans there will be significant highway works to the junction of Cronton Road with Wilson Road, including new traffic lights, CCTV traffic monitoring, and improvements to pedestrian and cyclist facilities along Cronton Road.
A later phase of the development will see the construction of further buildings for light and general industrial purposes, a pub/restaurant and a petrol filling station.
Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Tony Brennan, said:
“This is a welcome development that will bring an unused site back into use. It will also provide employment opportunities for local people and more shopping choice for residents living in the area.”
Dean Thompson, Regional Manager at Henry Boot Developments, said:
“Beacon 62 is an important gateway site with the potential to create a notable number of new jobs and bring significant investment into the area. Our aim is to create a successful, vibrant mixed-use scheme comprising retail, leisure and business use and which creates a new focal point for the area. We have 8-acres now remaining and discussions with potential occupiers have been positive, so we expect to be able to make further announcements in the near future.”
Tracy Clavell-Bate head of development at Barnfield Construction, said:
“We have had a lot of support from the local community and look forward to getting started on site to create a scheme that is a real asset for the area. It’s incredibly well-located and we’ve no doubt that Beacon 62 will prove a successful destination for businesses and retailer and leisure operators alike.”
The development known as Beacon 62 is a joint venture between Henry Boot Developments and Barnfield Construction and has the potential to support 480 jobs when fully developed.