• Knowsley

New homes, supermarket & Shakespeare theatre to be considered at Knowsley meeting

Knowsley Council will consider a number of high-profile proposed developments today (9 November) including a major retail scheme in Kirkby and a Shakespearean theatre in Prescot.

The local authority’s planning committee will also debate plans for a number of new housing developments across the borough.

The proposed retail development in Kirkby town centre, which is recommended for approval, includes a new Morrisons supermarket, which has increased in size from original proposals alongside shop units, a petrol station and car parking.

Meanwhile amended plans for the 350-seat Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot town centre are also expected to get the green light.

The Jacobean court style theatre, which was originally given planning permission in April 2016, forms part of a wider regeneration masterplan for the area.

Changes to the original application includes the removal of the basement, an increase in the building’s height to 20 metres and amendments to the glazing design.

It will be the only example of a Jacobean theatre outside London’s Globe and will complete the Shakespearian triangle of Stratford Upon Avon, London and Prescot.

Knowsley Council has been working alongside the Shakespeare North Trust to progress the project.

Other schemes recommended for approval include:

  • Three-storey affordable extra care centre comprising 100 apartments on the former Kirkby Unemployed Resource Centre.
  • 119 homes on the former Prysmian Cables & Systems site on Hall Lane in Prescot.
  • Five-storey hotel with pub/restaurant on the site of the former Imperial Hotel in Prescot.
  • 87 homes on the site of the former Knowsley Roby Community College.
  • 68 homes on land at Land at Scotchbarn Lane in Prescot.

The planning applications will be considered today (9 November) at Council Chamber, Municipal Buildings in Huyton.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

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