Deal to build hundreds of homes on council land approved

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Planning chiefs have given the green light for almost 600 new homes to be built across Knowsley, many on land off Scotchbarn Lane in Prescot.

The houses will be built as part of a unique partnership between Knowsley Council and housing developer Countryside which will see properties built on vacant land owned by the council.

Planning permission has been granted for developments on Scotchbarn Lane in Prescot and Arncliffe Road in Halewood.

Countryside has submitted detailed plans which will be considered by the Planning Committee in the next couple of months for the other proposed developments at:

· Greensbridge Lane in Halewood

· Roby Road in Huyton

· Tower Hill in Kirkby

A total of 583 high quality new homes, ranging in size from two to five bedroomed properties, are proposed to be built across the five sites.

These will include some affordable homes available to buy on a shared ownership basis.

Coun Mike Murphy, cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I’m delighted that we are working with Countryside to regenerate different areas of Knowsley and deliver high quality housing developments. Countryside has a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s most successful housing developers and is precisely the calibre of partner we want to work with.

“This partnership gives us the opportunity to regenerate Knowsley and improve the range of quality housing available both to existing Knowsley residents and to attract new people to choose to move into the borough.”

Philip Whitehead, Regional Regeneration Director for Countryside, said: “This major initiative in Knowsley is an exciting range of projects in which affordable housing plays a key role.

“We’re extremely pleased to be working alongside Knowsley Council to further enhance their communities by providing a varied selection of high quality homes that will cater for the needs of first time buyers, growing families and aspirational movers alike.

“We’ve already helped a number of Merseyside buyers climb onto the property ladder and we look forward to replicating this success across these five new developments.”