Consultation opens on Halsnead garden village

Following the naming of Halsnead as one of 14 new garden villages to be created across England, Knowsley Council has opened the public consultation on its draft masterplan.

In addition to 1,600 houses, there will be 55.5-acres of employment land, a country park, a primary school and community and leisure facilities. The proposed site covers 430 acres at the junction of the M57 and M62, to the south of Whiston. Historically the site formed part of the Halsnead Park estate.

The draft masterplan has been produced by the council, supported by Turley and Mott MacDonald. It can be viewed online while two public events will be held in Whiston, on 26 January and 4 February. The deadline for comments is 23 February.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “This is the biggest change that Knowsley will see in the next 15 years and is part of the council’s ambitious plans for growth across the borough.

“Over the past few months, the council has been preparing the masterplan based upon garden village principles, which will help to guide development in the area and will focus on the site’s natural and historical assets. We want people to get involved in the consultation and have their say. This is their chance to guide the development of this exciting opportunity.”

There are three other proposed garden villages in the North West: Bailrigg in Lancaster, St Cuthberts near Carlisle, and a site to the east of Handforth in Cheshire East. Each garden village is intended to bring between 1,500 and 10,000 homes to its area as part of the national garden village target of 48,000 new homes.

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