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Cabinet approves acquisition to support Huyton Village Centre transformation

by Jonathan Kearney

Ongoing plans to transform Huyton Village Centre have progressed after Knowsley Council’s Cabinet approved the acquisition of commercial property on Derby Road.

Cabinet approved plans to purchase the leasehold for 52 to 70 Derby Road, which is occupied by several businesses in the Village Centre.

This latest purchase will support the Council’s ambitious plans for the transformation of Huyton Village Centre.

Since the Council’s adoption of a Masterplan in 2017, over £4.3m has been invested in a programme of improvements to enhance the look and feel of the Village Centre, attract new businesses, create new jobs and transform Huyton’s evening economy.

The investment has included the ongoing Shopfront Improvement Scheme on Derby Road which has seen 14 shop fronts undergoing a modern makeover including new windows, doors, signage and lighting.

In December 2020, Cabinet approved a more detailed ten-year Delivery Plan to draw together proposals for more significant development opportunity sites identified within the Masterplan. This includes further improvements to Derby Road to make it a focal point of the Village Centre.

A commercial district, which will include new Council headquarters, also make up part of the ambitious proposals, along with public realm improvements.

The property at 52 to 70 Derby Road comprises nine retail and office units across the ground and first floor, including the Iceland supermarket.

The plan to purchase the leasehold interest in the property is to support the ongoing programme of improvements, including the need for environmental improvements along Westmorland Road and Derby Road and the need to enhance pedestrian links between the proposed commercial district and the existing high street.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development: “You can already see the benefits of the investment in Huyton Village Centre, with new bars and restaurants operating out of stylish premises, enhancing the offer in Huyton. The 10 year plan will have a transformative effect on the Village Centre, helping to attract investment, creating new jobs and boosting the economy. I’m pleased to see plans progress.”