BDW bought 56 acres from Knowsley Council in 2021. Credit: via UK Networks

Barratt and David Wilson Homes go to Kirkby public

A consultation process is now live, as the twin housebuilders seek help in forming proposals for land south of Cherryfield Drive in the town centre.

The sister companies agreed a deal with Knowsley Council in September 2021 to buy 56 acres, with broad plans for close to 800 homes and an affordable extra care scheme.

An earlier consultation led by the local authority saw Kirkby residents identify their wants as a supermarket and a greater choice of shops, more places to eat and drink, and other facilities such as a cinema.

In addition, more than half of respondents said that they would welcome more housing, particularly affordable and energy efficient homes, greening of the town centre and improvements to local greenspaces..

In the last two years, Kirkby has welcomed a retail development anchored by Morrison’s, more free parking and a start on site for the new Headbolt Lane railway station, which is due to open next year. A new cinema is also in the works.

Andrew Taylor, planning director for Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West, said: “The land south of Cherryfield Drive is the next piece of the jigsaw of Kirkby Town Centre’s renaissance.

“Our vision for this land is to deliver new homes, attractive public open space, parks, public realm and pedestrian links into the town centre for existing and new residents.

“All feedback from the consultation will be considered by Barratt and David Wilson Homes, shared with the Council and used to help shape the plans for the site prior to the submission of a planning application.”

The online consultation is now live. The consultation process will also include three public sessions at St Chad’s Parade in the town centre.

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A Barratt estate which looks like every other Barratt estate? Surely not

By Anonymous

800 houses on 56 acres = 14 houses per acre = nothing like the image at the top of the article.

By Matthew Jones

The problem is when you ask local people what they want this excludes people from outside who may want to move into an area, and these may have aspirations different to locals, and this adds to the freshness and vitality in an area.
Of course people will tick the box for “affordability” but if you can afford better quality where is the property for you? Too much of this consultation takes place eg in Liverpool where city planners who know about urban design and appropriate inner-city housing are overruled by vociferous minorities with zero knowledge of these issues.

By Anonymous

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