Homes planned for 8-acre Knowsley College site

CBRE’s planning and development team has submitted an outline planning application to Knowsley Council for the redevelopment of Knowsley Community College’s Roby Campus site in Huyton for 98 first-time buyer, family and executive homes.

The eight-acre site is accessed off Rupert Road in a residential area of Roby. The campus is made up of a collection of buildings used for teaching and administration, along with associated areas of car parking and open space.

The application was submitted on behalf of Knowsley Community College, which is proposing to sell the site to fund its relocation to a consolidated campus at Stockbridge Lane and Princess Drive.

The design-led masterplan for the site has been developed following consultation with the community, local council offices and stakeholders.

The proposed two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes have been designed to complement the surrounding residential development and protect and enhance the existing green infrastructure, as well as bringing an appropriate land use to the educational site.

Emma Warren, senior planner at CBRE Manchester, said: “Having finalised our engagement process, we are confident that the proposals would successfully facilitate the regeneration of a surplus educational site whilst delivering much-needed, quality new homes to the Roby area.

“The proposed density of 98 homes is comparable to areas of existing housing surrounding the site and is considered to strike an appropriate balance between the need to reflect local character, make efficient use of a brownfield site and provide for a range of housing needs. Market research has demonstrated a strong demand and need for a range of dwelling sizes which have been indicatively shown as townhouses, semis and detached houses. We are looking forward to receiving feedback on the proposals.”

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