The Uplands green space. Riverside Group, p Riverside Group

A 'green avenue' would be created through the site. Credit: via Riverside Group

Riverside gets go-ahead for Runcorn regen

The housing association can move forward with its plans to demolish 317 homes in The Uplands area, as well as the Palace Fields Community Centre – building 257 homes in their stead.

Halton Council approved the project at a development management committee meeting last week.

Riverside Group’s proposals also include the closure of two subways and the building of new roads, cycleways, footways, and a linear park on the 25-acre plot bordered by Palacefields Avenue to the east and Halton Hospital to the south.

The 257 homes to be built would comprise 27 with one bedroom, 103 with two, 104 with three, and 23 with four. Approximately 75% would be available for social rent or rent to buy, with 25% reserved for shared ownership and open market sales.

Residents of The Uplands who will be displaced are being contacted by Riverside, with the housing association offering them other properties to rent, bridging loans, or to purchase their homes.

The Uplands plans are part of Riverside’s wider £60m Halton Lea regeneration scheme. The first part of the project, which included the building of a community centre and 134 homes, was granted planning permission last year.

The project team includes Lichfields, Compendium Living, DK-Architects, Planit, Lovell Partnerships, Markhams, E3P, Amenity Tree Care, Redmore Environmental, Vectos, and Sutcliffe Engineers.

You can learn more about the project by searching application reference number 23/00128/FUL on Halton Council’s planning portal.

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