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Artist impression shows how the Commercial District could look in a re-developed Huyton Village Centre

Ambitious proposals for Huyton Village Centre pivotal to COVID-19 recovery

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet tonight endorsed plans to accelerate the transformation of Huyton Village Centre.

Since the Council agreed its Huyton Village Centre Masterplan in 2017, the shopping district in Huyton is already looking very different – with investment in fast track projects including new CCTV and attractive new shop fronts helping to bring new businesses and investment to the centre. It has already kickstarted a flourishing night time economy in the Village Centre, with a number of independent bars and restaurants opening recently.

Now, a more detailed ten-year plan has been developed, which will see Huyton’s transformation move up a gear and contribute to the COVID-19 economic recovery.

The plan provides outline proposals and designs for four key priority schemes in the village centre as follows:

A Commercial District

With opportunities for a hotel, office, residential and co-working centre. By rethinking the council’s own accommodation needs, new development space can be unlocked in the heart of the village centre. These investment opportunities will be supported by fantastic transport access by road, bus and rail, that can be a catalyst for further development in the Village Centre. The new mixed-use commercial district will be located on the Council’s current seven acre site in Huyton, including a civic office, set around an attractive new ‘Village Green’ which will incorporate the Cenotaph.

A Derby Road “high street” Anchor

The plans propose the demolition of the multi-storey car park to create a leisure-led mixed-use development on Derby Road. This could potentially incorporate the relocation of Huyton Library with an expanded community and cultural offer, a leisure / residential offer, short-stay visitor car parking and a cycle hub.

A Station Gateway

Creating an improved sense of arrival into Huyton, incorporating a new public space and station presence on the northern side of the railway line. This would be further enhanced by improvements to Nutgrove Villa to create a new health & wellbeing hub to face the station. 

A Derby Road Signature Street

A high quality and distinctive streetscape scheme is planned as an exciting new focal point in the village centre. It will incorporate new spaces for community events and for people and families to socialise and play. This scheme will be key to improving connectivity to the rail and bus stations and providing a setting to help secure wider investment.

Map shows the layout of the proposed new Huyton Village Centre re-development.

The layout of the proposed new Huyton Village Centre re-development.

Running alongside this, a wider package of improvements to public realm, creation of green and environmentally friendly spaces and promoting access and connectivity into and out of the village centre are also planned.

Also agreed at Cabinet was the creation of a Village Centre Board, which will include representatives from partner agencies, who can advise on regeneration proposals and help drive forward the plans for the Village Centre.

A full public consultation to gain local residents views and ideas will take place early in 2021.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “These are very exciting times for Huyton Village Centre.

“Our plans and outline designs seek to bring to life the adopted Masterplan. These proposals are ambitious but achievable and throughout preparation the council has engaged with the private sector and also commercial real estate specialists. This is a major step forward to help attract further investment and development.

He added: “The pandemic has created many challenges for our local businesses and residents, but I’m delighted that our plans for Huyton they have been approved today, paving the way for delivery. These plans, along with our other town centre development plans, will be a key driver to our recovery from this pandemic.

“Our plans will deliver a range of economic, social and environmental benefits and seek to put the Village Centre at the heart of the communities it serves. To help achieve this as proposals progress, we will be seeking the views of our community throughout the process to shape and inform further development in the Village Centre.”

The next stage of the plans will include the appointment of a Development Partner which will take forward the council’s plans for the new Commercial District. This opportunity will be advertised in the New Year.

Keep a look-out here on Knowsley News for the latest Huyton Village Centre updates and developments.