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Approval for new sports and community facilities at Lord Derby playing fields

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley Council has given planning approval for a new sports and community facility to be built at Lord Derby Memorial playing fields in Huyton.

The new facilities are part of the overall Earlsfield Park development at Knowsley Lane.

The Earlsfield Park Open Space Masterplan, approved in February 2019, focuses on improving the quality of facilities at the playing fields which are used by Knowsley South Football Club and the adjacent Oak Plantation community woodland.

These improvements will be possible because of the significant ‘Section 106’ contribution from developers of the wider housing and business development known as Earlsfield Park, along with external funding to be secured by the council.

The improvements at Lord Derby playing fields include a single storey sports and community building with reception, office, first aid room, changing rooms, showers, toilets and social room with kitchen.

In addition, the car parks will be resurfaced and a new cycle shelter will be installed. While vehicle access to the site off Knowsley Lane will be widened to allow two cars to pass.

There will also be detailed proposals for the planting of new trees, the provision of bird and bat boxes and the installation of a new drainage system for the playing pitches and the whole of the site.

Dale Milburn, Executive Director Regeneration and Economic Development for Knowsley Council said: “This proposal will secure the future use of the playing fields and will significantly enhance the offer for outdoor sports provision and recreation in the area for both existing and new residents.”

Knowsley Council, in partnership with Knowsley South FC, Liverpool County FA and the Football Foundation, will be seeking investment for the development using in part the Section 106 funding made available from the Earlsfield Park development.

Linked to this development and to be delivered as a separate phase the council is to carry out improvement works to Oak Plantation.