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Delivering ambitious plans for new homes in Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley is now three years into its ambitious Growth Plan, created to accelerated economic growth in the borough over a five year period from 2016-2021.

A key priority to grow the borough is to deliver new homes for existing residents as well as attracting new ones into the borough, including first time buyers, families, those looking for affordable homes or those looking for the next step up on the property ladder.  The plan sets out how public and private sector partners will grow the borough and attract investment, businesses, homes and jobs.

Knowsley: The place

In 2014 the business community and the council came together to create the Knowsley Place Board – a powerful alliance of senior business people and influencers linked to, working in or passionate about the place. This group is driving forward ambitious plans for growth in a collaborative approach that is breaking down boundaries between the business community and the public sector and already achieving real results in terms of positioning Knowsley as a great place to live, visit, invest and do business.

Thousands of new homes are being created

One of the key objectives of the growth plan is to deliver 2,250 new homes over the five years, the equivalent of 450 new homes per year. This is almost a 40% increase on the number of new houses built in the previous five years.  This growth is also helping to create employment opportunities for contractors and local residents alike.

Delivery against this target is progressing well with 475 new homes built in 2016/17; 620 delivered in 2017/18 and 840 in 2018/19. There are currently more than 35 new housing sites under construction in Knowsley, with planning approvals already secured for a further 300  new homes in the borough. Based on this, the 2,250 target could be exceeded by up to 50%.

Forthcoming developments include a new Garden Village for Knowsley

There are a number of new major developments on the horizon including the land East of Halewood (a 200 acre site that will deliver 1,500 new homes as well as high quality green space), Halsnead Garden Village (a 237 acre site that will deliver 1,600 new homes in a high quality green garden village setting as well as the creation of green space, education and health facilities).

Further planning applications will be considered over the coming months for a further 4,000 new homes.

In addition to the new homes, developer contributions will also be used to improve open and green spaces, transport, education and health facilities.  Attracting more residents into the borough will also help to support our local town centres, increasing visitor numbers for our local shops, restaurants and bars.

Offering a good choice of quality housing

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “I’m delighted with the progress we are making, ensuring our current residents, as well as potential future ones, have great choice and quality in terms of homes across the borough. We are ensuring we have something for everyone in terms of budget, style and location.  We are delivering a range of affordable homes, apartments as well as executive homes across the borough and I look forward to welcoming more residents to call Knowsley their home.”