Planner Lichfields, working for Bellway, Redrow and Miller Homes, has submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment scoping report to Knowsley Council for a major 202-acre housing site east of Halewood.
The three housebuilders are to submit separate planning applications for parcels of land they each control, with the total number of houses to be delivered coming to 1,450. All of the plans are set to come forward within roughly the same time frame, and the intention is that a single Environmental Statement will cover all applications.
Each project falls within the wider 202-acre sustainable urban extension allocated for housing in Knowsley’s core strategy and is described as “in a general sense” located close to shops, a school, Halewood railway station and leisure centre, being around 500m from the centre of Halewood. It is divided into three distinct plots, physically split by the Manchester-Liverpool via Newton-le-Willows railway line and the A562.
Parcel A is to the north of the railway line, and lies to the south of the Bridgefield Forum site developed by Countryside. Parcel C, at the bottom of the SUE site, is relatively small, and isn’t being considered as yet.
Of the three sites, the largest is Parcel B, which is bordered to the east by Everton FC’s Finch Farm training ground, to the north by the railway, and the south by the A562. A large part of this parcel is woodland, which is owned by the council. The main points of access will be from Baileys Lane to the east.
Although there are some smaller ownerships within the wider SUE, the largest of around 5 acres, there are no known plans for these parts and they are not included in the scoping report.
The land is effectively divided so that Redrow controls the northern part of Parcel A, comprising 40 acres, and the northern part of Parcel B, which comes in at 50 acres.
Bellway controls the 9.6-acre southern part of Parcel A, and the 30-acre central portion of Parcel B, with Miller controlling the southern part, which is partly occupied by an RSPCA kennels and occupies 11 acres in total.
Lichfields’ report states that Bellway Homes is likely to submit a single full application for the development of its two parcels of land, which will be capable of accommodating around 400 homes.
Miller will also file a single application, for around 150 dwellings, while Redrow is expected to submit an outline or hybrid application for its 90 acres. As the northernmost part of Parcel A is affected by flood risk, it will develop there at a slightly lower density than in counterpart areas, but is nonetheless expected to eventually build out around 900 dwellings in total.