• Knowsley

Approval recommended for Knowsley homes and employment space

Plans to build over 150 new homes and at least 16 hectares of employment space in Knowsley have been recommended for approval.

It’s envisaged that Earlsfield Park, a 23-hectare site in North Hutyon close to junction 2 of the M57, will become a “prestigious employment and housing location”.

The new homes, which would be built by Bellway, include a mix of family house types on the land at Knowsley Lane, Huyton.

According to a document included with a planning application, the emphasis is on three and four-bed family housing which will be “attractive to families and professional workers”.

Ion Developments and Bellway Homes’ Earlsfield Park masterplan was approved by Knowsley Council’s planning committee last September.

Artist impression looking from Liverpool Road towards the development.

Detailed planning permission is now being sought for specific aspects of the scheme including the new homes, 4,180 sqm of employment floorspace, a petrol station, coffee drive-thru, a 59-bed hotel and a restaurant.

A number of amendments have been made to the original masterplan following a public consultation including changes to the height of the hotel and the “enhancement of the main eastern gateway to the site through “bolder landscape design”.

A report to be considered by Knowsley Council’s planning committee next week (28 June) is recommending that the committee grant delegated authority to the head of planning services to award planning permission for the proposals.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

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