Miller to progress Halewood housing

The housebuilder has completed the purchase of a former RSPCA centre in the Liverpool City Region for a 162-unit housing development to be billed as Wilbury Park.

Miller Homes said the site acquisition comes after several years of working with Knowsley Council on the wider East of Halewood Sustainable Urban Development.

Wilbury Park is located on Higher Road in the L26 postcode area.

The RSPCA was represented by Avison Young, Miller Homes represented themselves and was advised through planning by Lichfields, Cushman & Wakefield on viability, Betts Associates, STEN Architecture and Hourigan Connolly.

Miller plans to bring 162 homes to the site, which will include a collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes. 18 of the homes will be classed as affordable.

A designated heritage asset, the grave of Blackie the War Horse, will be retained within a wild flower meadow within the plot.

David Brackley, land and technical director for Miller Homes in the region, said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for Miller Homes, the site is in a fantastic location and showcases the best of the Miller Homes’ new product range. The enhanced public realm will create development with a real sense of identity and connection to the history of the site.’

Miller has ramped up projects across the region this year: consultation on the redevelopment of the Manchester College’s 18-acre Northenden campus closed last week, while a further Knowsley scheme will see the company deliver the final tranche of housing at the Prysmian Cables site in Prescot.

The project will see Miller make contributions of £1.6m: £13,000 will go to the refurbishment of a new reception of the Halewood Centre, £135,000 will go towards nursery education and £571,000 will go towards local primary school places within Halewood schools.

A further £141,000 will go towards the improvement of outdoor sports provisions at Halewood Leisure Centre. Other causes that will benefit from Miller Homes’ contribution the Halewood area are green infrastructure, bus services, social value and significant local highway improvements.

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