Mulbury plots 1,000 homes on Eccleston Green Belt

The developer expects to submit a planning application this summer to build a residential community on the former Eccleston Park Golf Club in St Helens, which closed in 2018. 

The Eccleston Park Village masterplan would be delivered in two phases, according to the developer, and comprises 989 one-to-five-bedroom homes. Some 200 of the homes would be affordable, while a further 175 units would be aimed at over 55s. 

Additionally, a 30-space car park at nearby Eccleston Park train station is included in the masterplan, as well as a link road between Rainhill Road and Portico Lane. The scheme also features a health centre and pharmacy. 

The golf course closed in 2018 shortly after Mulbury bought the site.

The plans have sparked anger among local councillors and residents, who object to the redevelopment of the Green Belt site that is safeguarded against housing development in the local plan. 

A public consultation on the scheme,  is now open, raising concerns among local councillors who have criticised the developer for launching the consultation during the Covid-19 lockdown. 

However, Mulbury has set up a dedicated hotline whereby residents can have their say on the application without needing to attend a consultation meeting. 

Greg Mulligan, director at Mulbury Homes, said: “Our plans for Eccleston Park Village are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a new neighbourhood to accommodate families, the over-55s and people needing affordable houses.

“It really is a new village and will be a major asset for the community, creating homes, amenities and jobs that will help Eccleston Park and St Helens to thrive.”

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