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Housing developers ask for views on proposals for land south of Cherryfield Drive

by Jonathan Kearney

Barratt and David Wilson Homes are to launch a public consultation seeking views to inform proposals for land to the south of Cherryfield Drive in Kirkby. The developers are seeking to deliver new high-quality eco-friendly homes and a care home in an attractive parkland setting, on the land in Kirkby town centre.

In 2020, Knowsley Council asked residents, businesses and visitors ‘What makes a good town centre’?  The response was fantastic with residents’ ideas shaping plans for the town centre ever since.

The key priorities identified by Kirkby residents and businesses were a supermarket and a greater choice of shops, more places to eat and drink, and other facilities (such as a cinema).  In addition, over half of the respondents said that they would welcome more or new housing, greening of the town centre and improvements to local greenspaces. Respondents particularly expressed the need for affordable homes, bungalows and energy efficient properties.

In the last two years, Kirkby town centre has undergone a remarkable transformation:

  • The opening of a new retail development including Morrisons Supermarket
  • New businesses opening, providing a greater variety of shops
  • More free car parking
  • Work has started on a new train station at Headbolt Lane
  • A new cinema is coming soon
  • Expanded and enhanced CCTV network
  • Plus 500 new jobs have been created with more to come

Barratt and David Wilson Homes want to seek the views of residents, businesses and visitors in order to inform and shape future plans for the site.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Around two years ago we asked local communities “What makes a good town centre?” Together with the improved retail offer which we have delivered, a better choice of housing was one of the priorities identified. It is important residents help shape the type of housing on offer in Kirkby town centre and improvements to local greenspace. I would encourage as many residents, businesses and visitors as possible to take part in this consultation and help inform the continued regeneration of Kirkby.”

Andrew Taylor, Planning Director for Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West, said: “The land south of Cherryfield Drive is the next piece of the jigsaw of Kirkby Town Centre’s renaissance.

“Our vision for this land is to deliver new homes, attractive public open space, parks, public realm and pedestrian links into the town centre for existing and new residents.

“All feedback from the consultation will be considered by Barratt and David Wilson Homes, shared with the Council and used to help shape the plans for the site prior to the submission of a planning application.”

There are several ways the public can get involved:

  • Visit one of the public consultation events at Unit 3, St Chad’s Parade, Kirkby Town Centre
    • Thursday 11 August 8.30am to 12pm
    • Friday 12 August 12pm to 6pm
    • Saturday 13 August 9am to 12pm
  • Visit the project website that launches on Thursday 11 August at www.cherryfielddriveconsultation.co.uk and provide feedback via the online feedback form.
  • Contact the project team via e-mail contact@cherryfielddriveconsultation.co.uk or telephone 0151 640 0362.