Eccleston Park Village
The site is the former Eccleston Park Golf Club, which closed in 2018

Mulbury advances 1,000-home Eccleston village

Sarah Townsend

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