Councillors in Knowsley have given the green light to a major new retail scheme, including a large Morrisons supermarket, in Kirkby town centre.
The development by St Modwen was approved by the council’s Planning Committee tonight (Thursday 9 November).
The scheme will incorporate:
- A large Morrisons supermarket, including the retailer’s popular ‘Market Street’;
- 76,000 sq ft of new shops;
- Improved pedestrian links;
- Car parking; and
- New public realm and landscaping.
Paul Batho, Projects Director for St Modwen, said:
“We are thrilled that Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee has given the go ahead for our plans for Kirkby, this reflects the overwhelming community support we have had for the scheme. The plans will enhance the retail offer for residents of Kirkby and bring a long-awaited supermarket to the town.
“The regeneration will breathe new life into this previously under-utilised part of the town centre and enhance Kirkby. As well as providing space for new retailers the development will provide jobs and economic growth in the town centre.
“We will continue to work with the council to ensure that benefits such as training and employment from the construction are directed towards the local community.
“With such interest in the scheme from residents we look forward to making these plans reality and moving on to the next stage of the redevelopment.”
Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, Cllr Graham Morgan, said:
“I’m delighted that planning permission is now in place to allow this major regeneration programme to move a big step closer.
“St Modwen’s exciting plans will build on the significant improvements the council and our partners have already delivered in the town centre and surrounding areas. The town has benefitted from over £100m of public sector investment in recent years and it’s great to see that the private sector is now getting on board.
“It is fantastic news that St Modwen can now move ahead with the much-anticipated retail development, which will raise Kirkby’s profile as a high quality shopping destination which people choose to visit.”
Now the planning application has been approved, it is anticipated that construction work will begin next year with completion scheduled for 2019.