Knowsley Council has taken a major step forward in its ambitious development plans for Huyton Village Centre by submitting a planning application for the former ‘The Venue’.
The application consists of demolishing the existing building, which needed considerable investment to ensure it was ‘fit for purpose’, and creation of a temporary 53 space car park whilst a developer for this site is being sought.
The site has been identified as a development opportunity within the Huyton Village Centre Masterplan adopted in 2017. It is a prime location with easy access to bus, train and road links, and provides opportunities for office, residential or leisure use.
Knowsley Council has ambitious plans for Huyton Village Centre, helping to accelerate growth and improvement in the local area as well as providing businesses, residents and visitors alike with enhanced facilities they need and expect from a thriving village centre.
Residents were recently surveyed to gather views on improvements they would like to see in Huyton Village Centre. Improvements to parking facilities, as well as the retail and restaurant offer, were key priorities.
A programme of improvement works in Huyton Village Centre is progressing with a number of food / drink outlets already opened (Eton Place, Eton Express, El Pueblo, The Coffee House Freddie’s and most recently Common)
In addition, 13 shop fronts have undergone a transformation and the popular family-friendly ‘Huyton Live’ event is now well established in the village centre.
The council’s plans for Huyton Village Centre also includes improvements to public realm.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:
“This is another key milestone in our development plans for Huyton Village Centre. The site offers a fantastic development opportunity in the heart of the village centre and by progressing planning consent, we can ensure the site is ‘construction ready’ for any potential developer.”
“Interest in Huyton remains strong and we are focussed on securing investment and uses which improves the offer in the village centre, supports the existing shops and businesses by increasing footfall and takes advantage of our fantastic transport connectivity.”
You can view the planning application on the Council’s website.