A brownfield development which will create up to 1,100 new homes and new commercial spaces has been welcomed.
St Helens Borough Council’s Planning Committee approved the proposals for Cowley Hill in Haresfinch at a meeting on 16th March. The scheme put forward by BXB Cowley Hill Ltd is made up of four phases of housing and two mixed use zones which will deliver new homes and commercial properties that can provide a range of uses on the former Pilkington Glass works site over the coming years helping to support the council’s house building targets.
The plan will also focus on sustainable travel with investment in public transport links through and close to the site as well as cycleway and pedestrian routes catered for as part of a commitment to active travel.
Labour Councillor Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “This scheme offers us an opportunity to build new homes for our residents and will go towards our targets to provide residential development over the next 10 to 15 years. As a council we are committed to projects like this which will transform disused brownfield sites. Thanks to funding we bid for from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority it will now support the transformation from wasteland into properties where future generations will call home for years to come.
“This, along with the plans for brownfield regeneration on the Moss Nook site which borders Baxters Lane, Sutton Road and Watery Lane in Sutton, which could provide up to 900 new homes, shows that we are working hard to unlock brownfield sites across our borough as we know our residents want this to happen. In our Local Plan we are committed to keeping 59 per cent of the borough as greenbelt land and projects like these go a long way to helping us protect green spaces.
“We are also committed to supporting local companies gaining work opportunities on development sites like these which will keep people in work for years to come as construction continues and through our construction charter it will make sure that those who do work there will have decent working terms and pay keeping jobs and money in our communities.”