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Plans approved for creation of a new Garden Centre in Prescot

by Jonathan Kearney

Plans for Whitakers Garden Centre to have a new fit-for-purpose home in Prescot were approved at Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday 11 November.

Subject to the sale of the land being concluded, the new Whitakers Garden Centre will occupy a 2,440 sq m site on a prime site in Prescot, next to Prescot Business Park and close to Cables Retail Park and new housing developments in the area.

In addition to offering a garden centre, the plans include a café and car park.

These latest plans for Whitakers support the ongoing multi-million-pound investment and development in Prescot, which has seen the transformation of Eccleston Street, with upgraded shop fronts, improved public realm and an array of new food and drink outlets opening and the creation of a vibrant night-time economy.

In addition, construction has progressed at pace for The Shakespeare North Playhouse, which will open its doors next year and is expected to welcome over 100,000 visitors each year to the area from across the UK and internationally.

Prescot train station has also recently benefitted from major upgrades and refurbishment works including a new ticket office, installation of lifts and improvements to the carpark.

Plans also include the restoration of the Picture Palace Cinema on Kemble Street and an exciting events programme is also taking place in Prescot, including the popular Elizabethan Fayre, welcoming more visitors into the town.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This is great news for Prescot. It will enable Whitakers to stay in Prescot and provide a modern offer for residents and visitors alike. It has a prime location in the heart of the town centre as well as bringing a vacant site back into use.

“As well as delivering a modern building, it will, importantly, ensure jobs are retained in the town.

“This upgraded new garden centre will be a fantastic asset in Prescot I look forward to seeing these plans progress.”