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Halsnead Garden Village moves another step closer

by Lisa Bennett

Halsnead Garden Village has moved another step closer as Knowsley Council’s Cabinet agreed the £12m funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for major transport improvements.

In January 2019, the Combined Authority committed a contribution of £12.142m from its Strategic Investment Fund towards the development of the highway infrastructure to improve access to the Halsnead site.

Cabinet has now approved the delivery of the transport scheme and authorised the addition of the scheme to the council’s Capital Programme.

Ambitious project

Halsnead Garden Village, located near Whiston, is one of the first 14 sites in England which have been awarded Garden Village status by the Government. It is the largest combined housing and employment site in the city region, with the potential to deliver approximately 1,600 homes and 22.5 hectares of employment land.

This highly-ambitious project will deliver a range of high-quality housing for Knowsley, and the rest of the city region. The employment element of Halsnead Garden Village will attract multi-million pound investment in the logistics and advanced manufacturing sectors, creating highly-skilled and well-paid jobs.

Major transport improvements

This funding will enable major improvements to infrastructure surrounding the site.  This will include enhancements to Tarbock Island at Junction 6 of the M62 and further road and junction improvements across six other locations in and around Whiston.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“Cabinet approval of the funding is an important step for this project as it moves another step closer to being delivered. Halsnead Garden Village is a hugely ambitious project for Knowsley and will bring a big change to the borough, creating new homes, new jobs and attracting new people into Knowsley. I look forward to seeing the infrastructure improvements breaking ground.”

Work is expected to start towards the end of 2019.