Council approves 142 new homes for Newton-le-Willows

Plans for the new housing development, which was approved by councillors last night
Plans for the new housing development, which was approved by councillors last night

Councillors gave the green light to a massive housing development in Newton-le-Willows last night (Wednesday).

All 13 elected members on St Helens Council’s planning committee approved the scheme, which will see 142 properties built.

This is a small step in the right direction to securing a wide selection of housing stock which ranges from starter homes to specialist homes such as bungalows and lifetime homes, and the passing of this application certainly helps us achieve our objective of growing the economy and our tax base to help recover some of the £90m we will have lost to central Government grant cuts by 2020

Coun John Fulham

The project is a mixture of detached and semi-detached properies on a 4.87 hectare site off Common Road.

The land is allocated for residential development in the St Helens Unitary Development Plan, the document which sets out how the council intends to boost the borough’s housing stock.

A number of the homes will be affordable units, according to plans submitted by the developer Taylor Wimpy.

Coun John Fulham, cabinet member for growth, who sits on the planning committee, said: “Granting approval for new houses helps families get on the housing ladder while helping build the local economy, so I am delighted that this application for 142 new homes in the borough has been approved.

“This is a small step in the right direction to securing a wide selection of housing stock which ranges from starter homes to specialist homes such as bungalows and lifetime homes, and the passing of this application certainly helps us achieve our objective of growing the economy and our tax base to help recover some of the £90m we will have lost to central Government grant cuts by 2020.”

A town hall spokesman added: “The well-timed approval is a boost in the arm for St Helens’ housing land supply after an assessment carried out by independent assessors found a requirement for more housing in all the key settlements within the borough, in order to create a wider choice and greater affordability for local residents.”