Plans are well underway in Huyton Town Centre, known locally as ‘the Village’, to diversify the town centre offer, attracting investment and generating new jobs.
The Council is committed to delivering improvements in the town centre, following the adoption of a masterplan and more recently a ten-year delivery plan, to help guide this.
In order to accelerate this delivery, Knowsley Council has submitted a £20m bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to support and is now seeking a development partner to make this happen.
About Huyton Town Centre
Known locally as ‘the Village’ Huyton Town Centre is home to Knowsley Council’s administrative headquarters.
It has an array of independent shops and high street retailers plus an emerging night-time economy is developing with a range of food and drink outlets opening over the last two years.
Huyton Village boasts an excellent strategic location, with a train station and bus station in the heart of the village centre, along with close links to the motorway network.
The Huyton Village Traders’ Association has also been established, with local businesses working alongside the Council and other stakeholders to help to shape and drive forward the future development of the town centre in partnership.
What has been delivered to date?
Huyton Village has benefitted from £0.755m of investment through the Shop Front Improvement Scheme, which has seen 14 shop fronts undergoing a modern makeover including new windows, doors, signage and lighting. The scheme has brought empty shop units back into use as well as creating 90 jobs for local people. Further phases of the Shop Front Improvement Scheme are also planned with a number of prominent buildings in the village centre due to be transformed.
A number of new businesses have opened in the village centre over the last two years with an emerging night-time economy blossoming. These include The Coffee House, Eton Place (Mediterranean cuisine), El Pueblo (Tapas and wine bar), Common (food and wine bar), Freddie’s desserts, Dani’s American Diner and La Vita (Italian). There are also plans for a new steak house, further broadening the offer in the village centre.
A number of development sites have been acquired. Some demolition work has been completed and other works are planned ensuring these prime sites are construction-ready.
What are the future plans for Huyton Town Centre?
The Council has an ambitious 10 year development plan for Huyton Village which includes a number of ambitious proposals, the most transformational of these will see the delivery of:-
- A commercial district – with opportunities for a hotel, offices (including the Council’s new HQ) and residential accommodation set around a new Village Green which will incorporate the Cenotaph.
- A station gateway – creating a sense of arrival in Huyton incorporating new public spaces.
- Derby Road high street improvements – providing a focal point in the town centre through the delivery of a streetscape project incorporating new community spaces, green space, improved lighting and better access to / from the train and bus stations.
How can I get involved?
A key project in the development plans is the streetscape project on Derby Road which will shape the “look and feel” of the village centre, along with how it will be used. This is where you will play a key part in helping to shape those plans. The Council will be consulting with residents of all ages, visitors, businesses, partner agencies and the Huyton Village Traders’ Association to find out what you would like to see in Huyton Village – get thinking now so that you’re ready to share your views over the coming months. Further details will be shared here on Knowsley News once confirmed.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member of Regeneration and Economic Development, said “We have ambitious plans for Huyton Village and we are committed to working with our communities to shape and deliver those plans.
“If successful, our latest funding bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund would enable us to accelerate our plans and support our recovery from this pandemic. We are already planning the next phase of our plans which is seeking the views of our residents, businesses and visitors for our integral ‘streetscape’ project which is pivotal to our overarching plans for the village centre.
“It really is an exciting time for Huyton Village with new businesses opening, more due to open, more shop fronts to be transformed and an action-packed events programme throughout the year. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved and be part of Huyton Town Centre’s transformation.”
A decision on the Government’s Levelling Up Fund is expected in October 2021.