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Have your say on public open space and sports facilities in North Huyton

by Gemma Melling

Plans for the regeneration of more than 12 hectares of public open space as part of a major development in Huyton are being shared with the community in order to gather comments and feedback.

The Draft Earlsfield Park Public Open Space Masterplan has been produced by Knowsley Council for two existing public open spaces, known locally as Oak Plantation and Lord Derby Memorial Playing Fields. The improvement of these spaces will be provided thanks to a significant ‘Section 106’ contribution from developers of the wider housing and business development known as Earlsfield Park, on Knowsley Lane, Huyton, along with external funding to be secured by the council.

The five week public consultation on the draft Masterplan, which runs until 5pm on Friday, 4 January 2019, is a chance for local people to take a look at how the woodland and sporting facilities might look in the future. As part of the consultation, a drop in event will be held on Monday 10 December from 3.30pm until 7pm in the small hall at the SPACE Centre at St Columba’s Primary School, Hillside Road, Huyton, L36 8BL. Council officers will be on hand at this event to explain the proposals, answer your questions and record your feedback.

What is in the Draft Earlsfield Park Public Open Space Masterplan?

This draft Masterplan focuses on improving the quality of facilities within Lord Derby Memorial Playing Fields, an existing playing pitch site currently used by Knowsley South FC, as well as Oak Plantation, a community woodland adjacent to the Playing Fields.

The consultation aims to help set a strategy to ensure that these spaces are high quality, meet the needs of local people, and are sustainable for the future. The draft masterplan seeks to set a clear framework for the use of the land, and the kind of facilities that will provided for the benefit of the local community of North Huyton, which the sites aim to serve.

What is the Earlsfield Park Development?

The draft Masterplan for these public open space sites sits within a wider area for residential and commercial development, known as Earlsfield Park. Leading Liverpool property developer, Ion, in collaboration with Bellway Homes and the Knowsley Estate secured planning permission for this wider development in North Huyton in June 2018.

The 22 hectare Earlsfield Park development sits close to Junction 2 of the M57, directly south of the Knowsley Estate. It will be home to an innovative ‘hybrid’ employment park, with advanced manufacturing and logistics businesses alongside offices and workshops, set within a semi-rural parkland setting. The development of the site includes 154 new family homes, to be delivered by housebuilder Bellway. There are also plans for retail and leisure offerings such as a pub/restaurant, petrol station and hotel.

The ambitious development will sit adjacent to the Lord Derby Playing Fields and Oak Plantation sites. It is hoped the development will have bring significant benefits to the local community and complement the surrounding residential and commercial developments.

The front of the development site will enjoy high quality landscaping and there will be a new 3km long combined pedestrian and cycle route.

How can I find out more and have my say?

Knowsley Council is now seeking the views of local residents those who currently use the open space, or may do in the future, to ensure that the Masterplan for these sites is maximised.

You can read more about the Draft Masterplan, make comments and get involved via the council’s website , where you’ll find an online feedback form.

The deadline for feedback is 5pm on Friday, 4 January 2019.