Watch factory’s new starter

The former Lancashire Watch Fatory in Albany Street, Prescot
The former Lancashire Watch Fatory in Albany Street, Prescot

A MASSIVE £11.8m project to build 132 homes on the site of a former watch factory in Prescot has been given the green light by planning chiefs.

The site in Albany Road employed countless local workers during the boom years of the town’s once-thriving watch making industry.

Developers Iliad Mason want to convert the existing factory site and build a mixture of residential properties and homes for vulnerable adults.

However, planners insisted the old watch factory remains relatively unalternated as it has listed status and imposed a number of other conditions.

The company’s plans, which were approved by Knowsley Council last week, include 54 extra care apartments, 16 extra care bungalows and 62 residential properties.

Extra care housing is designed to help OAPs and adults with learning difficulties live independently, with varying levels of care and support available on site.

Plans for the extra care development also include a communal lounge and dining areas, a multi-function room, spa and treatment area, hair salon, TV room, assisted bathing and staff facilities.

Councillor Dave Lonergan, cabinet member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills, said the development was a welcome boost to Prescot’s economy.

He said: “This is welcome news that such a prestigious site will be redeveloped, providing a wide range of housing to suit all needs and attract more people into Prescot.”

Cassie Forshaw, head of marketing for Iliad, added: “We’re delighted to secure approval on this scheme which will enable us to provide much needed extra care facilities in the borough, as well as a wider choice of residential homes in Prescot.”

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