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Public invited to have say on massive Knowsley housing development

Knowsley Council wants the public to have its say on plans to build up to 1,500 new homes near Everton Football Club’s Finch Farm training ground.

A draft masterplan has been created for the almost 200-acre development site known as East of Halewood.

The second largest residential development site in Knowsley, it comprises two principal parcels of land separated by the Liverpool-Manchester rail line.

Most of the site, which lies on the eastern edge of Halewood, is currently in agricultural use, although there are some existing buildings including the Merseyside Dogs’ Home, houses and farm buildings on Lower Road, Finch Woods Academy on Baileys Lane, and the RSPCA Liverpool branch on Higher Road.

To the west are established residential neighbourhoods as well as the district shopping centre of Halewood at Leathers Lane whilst to the east lies Everton FC’s Finch Farm training centre and Halewood Caravan Park on Lower Road.

Redrow, Bellway and Miller Homes are working with landowners to bring forward the development of the new community which could include up to 1,500 homes.

At the heart of the scheme is Finch Woods which will be transformed to provide improved green and open space for Halewood, including a new play area and walking and cycling routes.

The site is also home to the Grade II-listed grave of Blackie the war horse, which will be preserved and enhanced as part of the development.

Councillor Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development at Knowsley Council, says: “This is an exciting new development that will offer a range of new homes that will be well-connected to existing local shops, leisure, health and other local services and amenities, with access to bus and train services as well as cycling and walking routes.

“It will offer greater housing choice for existing Halewood residents, including affordable housing options as well as attracting new people and families into the area.

“We would really like to hear community views about our emerging plans.”

To submit comments on the draft East of Halewood supplementary planning document and draft East of Halewood masterplan visit www.knowsley.gov.uk/consultations.

The closing date for feedback is 10 April 2019.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

Lawrence is a journalist at Move Publishing. He can be contacted via email at lawrence@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.