Parkside JV targets July submission for colliery plans

Langtree and St Helens Council have said they will submit a planning application for the regeneration of the 270-acre former Parkside colliery in Newton-le-Willows by the end of next month.

The plans cover the project’s proposed first stage, which would incorporate up to 1m sq ft of industrial and logistics space, aimed at adding £3.25m a year in rates payments towards the council’s income.

The planning advisor is Spawforths, and the architect is Fletcher Rae.

John Downes, group managing director of Langtree, said: “We have consulted extensively on our proposals and received some very constructive feedback. Where practical we’ve incorporated a number of suggestions in to our proposals and intend to share them with the public before we submit our plans.”

No date has yet been set for the planning application to be heard, although it is expected to be ruled upon before the end of the year. Included with the submission will be a range of independent reports addressing issues such as road capacity, environmental impact and the development’s economic contribution to the borough.

As part of the plan, St Helens Council will also consult publicly on the preferred route for a link road from the site to junction 22 of the M6. The preferred route starts at the A49 and follows an easterly direction to a junction with the A573 Parkside Road. It then follows a north easterly direction via the A573 crossing over the M6. A change to a south easterly direction follows until it meets the A579 Winwick Lane. The route turns in a south-westerly direction to connect up with M6 Junction 22.

Parkside Regeneration, the name of the JV between Langtree and St Helens, and the council are due to hold information days in advance of the submission, at:

  • Hope Academy, Newton-le-Willows, 4pm to 8pm, Tuesday 11 July
  • Winwick Leisure Centre, Winwick, 4pm to 8pm, Thursday 13 July

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