Mulbury advances 1,000-home Eccleston village

The housebuilder has lodged a planning application for the first phase of its proposed residential community on Green Belt land near St Helens, for 186 homes east of the site.

Mulbury Homes consulted on a masterplan in May for its 1,000-home Eccleston Park Village on the site of the former Eccleston Park Golf Club, which closed in 2018.

Following the consultation, it has lodged detailed plans to build the first phase of homes on a part of the site adjoining Rainhill Road, in partnership with an as-yet-unnamed national housebuilder.

The application also seeks outline consent for a further 646 homes and 168 units of retirement accommodation at the Portico Lane access point, as well as a convenience store, nursery and healthcare provision.

The Eccleston Park project would create a village neighbourhood in the centre of Eccleston Park, according to the developer, with new homes, accommodation for the over-55s, a local shop, day care nursery, “one or more” healthcare facilities and improvements to surrounding road infrastructure.

The site is a former golf course, which occupies land once owned by the NHS.

Mulbury said that discussions are being held with the Department of Health and Social Care over potential reinvestment of a proportion of any land value that could be generated by healthcare facilities at the scheme. Further details will be revealed in due course, the company added.

Andrew Brown, director at Mulbury, said: “This is a big step forward for the Eccleston Park Village project and follows months of hard work. We’ve had a great response from the local community, and there’s genuine excitement about how the proposals could transform lives in the area.”

He added: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a new neighbourhood of homes to accommodate families, the over-55s, and people needing affordable houses.

“All of this would be supported by improvements to the road network and, we hope, improvements to local healthcare services.”

The application is to be determined by St Helens Council.


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Ooh – the dream! An estate in the middle of nowhere with power lines stretching overhead and everybody has to drive to get anywhere. The zenith of suburban aspirational living right here

By Anonymous

Never liked that golf course too many electricity pylons.

By Oscar

It’s close to Eccleston Park station though. And Prescot town centre/Shakespeare North are only a short walk away. Quite sustainable I’d say.

By Liverpolitan

How can you have had Great response from the community when you paid over the odds for a golf club on greenbelt land and the whole community as objected to your building plans

By S Walmsley

I love how all the green space on the site is under the pylons which they couldn’t build under anyway

By Jon P

Crass bullies pushing forward once again despite local feelings & the fact that the land is green belt. Hope that they have as much fun with the aqueduct as the pylons.

By P A

The majority of local residents do Not want this development on Greenbelt land, not too sure who is excited about how it could transform their lives when their is no road infrastructure to accommodate a 1000 more dwellings. Use brownfield first and leave this land alone!

By S H

The country is full, we do not need more houses.


The population of England has grown by millions over the past decade. So let us build many more for-profit (private developer) and many more for-folk houses (co-operatives and councils) on the few brown-field and on the hundreds of thousands of green field sites. Less of the ‘this is MY nice part of the country’ so go away!

By James Yates

That land is still Green Belt, which was the former home of Rainhill Hospital farmland. The site is home to an array of wildlife which Mulbury see fit to destroy. Not to mention the significant infrastructure issues which they fail to mention, and the potential flooding issues too – but not to worry: they can divert it into Pendlebury Brook. Also, but the hybrid plans submitted don’t include a healthcare facility as previously mentioned in their public consultation.

The majority of residents in the area have objected to the proposed development so I’m not quite sure who Mr Brown is referring to when he says there is great excitement about the development.

By Not on my watch

Can hardly believe this situation has been allowed to happen. The one last reasonable bit of green land that has not already been concreted over in this region, and indeed a very important area for flood prevention (this is a flood plain essentially) with water course going through it and the land/trees also has benefits in cooling the area in summer as anyone who has been there will know. This has nice ponds and lots of mature tress and wildlife.

Would make a smashing nature reserve facility for locals and schoolchildren…..why is the Council hell bent on suffocating us with yet more houses? (financial reward???) Even the nearby school (Edmund Arrowsmith High School) on Scothbarn La has been demolished and is now a sprawling housing estate!!! Which are the kids going to go???

Absolutely unbelievable. The destruction/air pollution/congestion this would create, and it will go on for years!!

This surely has to be saved for posterity, not lost forever to yet more unwanted development. By the way the local hospital is so full there is not enough office space for the staff, let alone the patients.

Even more important now than ever to preserve our natural habitats, those few that we have left. We already have had masses of new housing all round Prescot (Sprawling new town near Cables/developments along Warrington Rd, off Two Butt Lane etc etc)… Also Two Butt will likely be southern approach, a narrow road round the back of people’s gardens.

By Ron Howard

Let’s give examples of brownfield sites that haven’t been built on because the houses ARE needed.

By Anon

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