Countryside Kirkby

Countryside looks to complete Kirkby project

The housebuilder has submitted a reserved matters application for 158 homes, making up the third phase of its work at Tower Hill, with 87 of the dwellings to be provided as private rented accommodation managed by Sigma Capital.

The development marks the last of five projects undertaken by Countryside across Knowsley as a partnership deal with the council that will see close to 600 homes in total built out.

The site concerned comprises 9.7 acres and will see two, three and four-bedroom homes built. The Tower Hill action area, as it is described by Countryside, lies north of the Kirkby to Wigan railway line, with Shevington’s Lane forming the site’s northern boundary. It is at the northernmost part of the borough, close to the West Lancashire border.

This phase of development was included in a hybrid application approved in February 2016 for a total of 358 homes, the first two phases of which, covering 200 homes, are currently under construction.

Phase three’ s site is a mixture of brownfield and greenfield land. No existing dwellings are proposed for demolition, although the site includes areas of land that were previously developed but have been cleared, including the former roads of Caldwell Close and Highsted Grove, dating from the 1970s development of Tower Hill as a Liverpool overspill estate. The site is surrounded by existing residential properties and open space.

Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Cllr Tony Brennan said: “In Knowsley we have huge ambitions for creating new homes and we are well on target for delivering 10,000 new homes by 2028.

“Through our partnership with Countryside we are creating high quality family homes which are very much in demand and we are improving the range and mix of housing to retain existing Knowsley residents whilst attracting new people.

“The detailed application for the final phase of housing at Tower Hill in Kirkby will be considered at a future planning committee.”

Along with the 158 homes, 71 of which will be available for market sale, the application covers roads and footways, parking, associated engineering operations, hard and soft landscaping and walls.

Access is to be taken off Langton Road to the east, from Headbolt Lane to the south and via a private drive off Fallowfield Road to the west.

A separate full planning application has been submitted to Knowsley Council for five residential units on a plot within the redline boundary, bringing the total number of dwellings to be brought forward to 163.

Ian Simpson, land and new business director at Countryside, said: “With phase two almost complete, our award winning Highfield Green development plays a key role in the regeneration of Tower Hill. Through the launch of phase three, our strong partnership with Knowsley Council will see much-needed housing brought into the borough.
“The success of the previous phases is a positive reflection on the scheme’s future and this next phase will see 163 additional homes made available not only on the open-market, but for private rent through Sigma Capital Group.”

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Squeeze in as many houses as possible with NO Public Open Space from a developer called Countryside, sense of community spirit….Nah

By PS

What a truly awful scheme – I worked with Knowsley over 4 years to produced a regeneration framework that put existing communities first, creating a balanced and functioning townscape that would be good for health and wellbeing, an overcoming all the mistakes that plagued the estate and its residents since the first concrete was laid in the ’70’s. And they then endorse this cookie-cutter scheme which will deliver more of the same with its cul-de-sacs. Will common sense ever become common wisdom? Here is the ignored SPD https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/pdf/tower-hill-kirkby-action-area-supplementary-planning-document.pdf

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