The Liverpool developer, which is working with Bellway Homes and the Knowsley Estate, has won consent for the 54-acre development in North Huyton.
The site sits close to junction 2 of the M57, directly south of the Knowsley Estate and will provide 39.5 acres of employment space and a housing development of 154 homes.
The development will sit adjacent to the existing Lord Derby Playing Fields and Oak Plantation, which will see sports facilities and open space upgraded through the developer’s Section 106 contribution.
The scheme will also include a pub/restaurant, petrol station and a hotel, along with landscaping and a 3km pedestrian and cycle route.
Ion is pitching the employment park as a hybrid model, targeting advanced manufacturing R&D facilities and sub-regional logistics business space along with more traditional office and workshop spaces.
Steve Parry, managing director of Ion Developments, said: “Earlsfield Park will be instrumental in supporting the region’s ambition to grow our technology and manufacturing base and provide a high quality environment that can support science, technology and advanced manufacturing.’
“The location of the development provides brilliant accessibility and the flexibility of the site means it can cater for the specific demands of anything from manufacturing and laboratories to small start-ups and the corporate HQs of global businesses.’
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: ‘This development will not only contribute towards the council’s ambitious growth plans for Knowsley, but it will also contribute towards the economic growth of the Liverpool City Region.”
Ion is advised by Cushman & Wakefield. Ryder Architecture designed the scheme.