Land Trust to take on Halsnead green space

The national land management charity has signed a collaboration agreement with Knowsley Council that will see it manage green infrastructure and drainage network at Halsnead Garden Village.

The garden village is intended to open up acres of green space to the public, including a new country park, historic woodland and areas such as a new village green.

Land Trust chief executive Euan Hall said: “We are really pleased to have put pen to paper on this agreement with Knowsley Council and we look forward to working closely with them over the next couple of years to prepare the green infrastructure that will be a vital component of what will be a wonderful place to live and work.”

Hall said that the trust will work with housebuilders and Homes England on delivery.

Taylor Wimpey, Stewart Milne Homes and a joint venture between Bloor Homes and Maro have thus far advanced plans for Halsnead, one of the North West’s four Garden Villages named by Government as part of the programme in 2017, along with Handforth in Cheshire, Bailrigg near Lancaster and St Cuthberts in Cumbria.

Hall continued: “The key to the success of these garden towns and villages is engagement with the local community and understanding how they wish the open space to be managed for the long term in a financially sustainable way, and to also deliver real and lasting charitable outcomes and social value for the new and existing local residents and community.

“Halsnead Garden Village will be about far more than just the homes built. The Land Trust’s role will ensure that the green spaces deliver physical and mental health benefits, provide educational and training opportunities for local people, improve the environment and biodiversity of the area, protect the investment people make in their homes and most importantly bring this new community together.”

As a whole, Halsnead Garden Village is slated to provide 1,600 homes and 55 acres of employment land.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Green space will be at the heart of life in Halsnead Garden Village.

“Working with partners we will be creating somewhere where people will be proud to call home for generations to come.”

The Land Trust already manages green space in locations overing 4,500 homes across the country, funded by service charges.

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