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Homes for East of Halewood given the go-ahead

by Gemma Melling

Plans for an exciting new high-quality residential development in Knowsley took a significant step forward this evening (Thursday, 11 February, 2021) after councillors approved applications from three house builders.

The East of Halewood scheme aims to deliver up to 1,500 new homes in the borough – the second largest residential development in Knowsley at just over 8 hectares in total.

The three planning applications were brought forward by Miller Homes, Redrow Homes and Bellway Homes and are for a total of up to 1,305 new 2,3,4, and 5 bedroom properties – almost a quarter of which will be affordable homes.

In addition, the developers have also committed to make significant contributions to improve local infrastructure. This will include:

  • Up to £4.6 million on creating new primary school places.
  • Up to £4.4 million on improvements to local roads.
  • Up to £1.1 million on outdoor sports provision.
  • Up to £1.1 million on early years childcare facilities.
  • Up to £1 million on the enhancement, management, and maintenance of Finch Woods.
  • Up to £1 million on subsidising a bus service through the site.
  • Up to £104,000 on improving local healthcare facilities.

The scheme will also be supported by a package of improvements to local roads and transport links, also paid for by the developers.

There will also be significant benefits for the wider community in terms of access to Finch Woods, which will be opened up for the use of the public, with improved green and open space including a new play area and walking and cycling routes. Meanwhile, the Grade 2 listed grave of hero warhorse Blackie, will be enhanced and made accessible for visitors.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “This is a fantastic step forward towards making our vision for the East of Halewood come true.

“I’m delighted that we’ve secured three really high quality developments for the scheme, which will go a long way towards providing the types of housing that we know local people really need.

“This development will include a significant number of properties which are available for affordable purchase or affordable rent, as well as four bedroomed homes, which are in high demand in our borough.

“We’ve also been able to secure substantial contributions from the developers to enhance local infrastructure too. Thanks to this, we can be confident that there will be enough school places, healthcare facilities and childcare to support this new development. Local roads will be significantly improved and the public leisure facilities enhanced for the benefit of everyone.”

You can read more detail on the applications here on Knowsley News.

It is expected that construction work may begin in the Summer / Autumn of this year.