Knowsley Council has agreed a masterplan for Prescot including residential sites and a focus on leisure and heritage assets to regenerate the area.
The Prescot Town Centre Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document identifies potential growth and development opportunities and will guide investment up to 2028.
One of the oldest settlements in Merseyside, Prescot is a town with a unique and rich heritage and the plan aims to build on this and transform the town centre into a thriving attractive destination with new cultural and leisure facilities, an independent retail offer and a successful evening economy.
Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “We are all aware that the shape of local town centres and the retail sector continues to change and in order to ensure that Knowsley’s town centres thrive, we need to respond to those changes.
“To help us do this, we are developing masterplans for each of our town centres and Prescot is the first to have a long term plan in place that will help to attract the right type of development and investment to support our ambitious plans.”
Along with retail, leisure and commercial development opportunities, the masterplan highlights the opportunities for residential development that will enable more people to live at the heart of the town, improvements to transport connections and options to create an environment and spaces that people want to visit and spend time.
Cllr Murphy added: “Plans for the new Shakespeare Theatre, the acquisition by Geraud UK of the shopping centre, investment into the Townscape Heritage Initiative and our ambitions for a cinema and hotel in the town centre all demonstrate the existing commitment and growing confidence in Prescot as a place that people want to be.”
The Prescot Town Centre Masterplan SPD has been developed following extensive consultation with elected members, local businesses, residents, other organisations and at community events. It is available to view on the council’s website along with accompanying documents.
Peter Brett Associates and Environmental Associates advised Knowsley Council.