Almost 300 new homes to be built in Merseyside town

Almost 300 homes could be built at Watery Lane & Providence Avenue in St Helens
Almost 300 homes could be built at Watery Lane & Providence Avenue in St Helens -Credit:Planning Documents / Baldwin Design Consultancy

Almost 300 new homes will be built in St Helens in the next stage of a plan to transform former industrial land.

St Helens Council's planning committee yesterday (April 16) approved an application from developer Harworth Estates to build 295 homes at Watery Lane and Providence Avenue in the town. This will consist of a combination of apartments, mews houses, semi-detached and detached houses.

185 of the homes will be marketed as affordable. Torus will manage the affordable housing aspect of the project and some of the homes will be built to rent.

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This is the third phase of the wider brownfield development called Moss Nook, which aims to deliver 900 homes on disused industrial land. The first stage, which saw the constriction of 258 new houses off Sutton Road, was completed in 2022.

The proposal for this latest application stated: "Consent is sought for the approval of Reserved Matters for Phase 3, which includes layout, appearance, landscaping, and scale for a residential development comprising 295 dwellings. The development would deliver a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bed semidetached, detached and mews type properties, along with apartments.

"A mixture of materials is proposed for this development including buff and red brick, along with render. The layout would include tree lined streets, and a comprehensive landscaping scheme to help soften and improve the appearance of the development.

"The layout has been designed to carefully to consider the main boundaries of the development, to ensure that it complements the existing surroundings, and will not look out of character."

The borough council's planning committee approved the reserved matters application.

This third stage will form the centre of the Moss Nook development. The second stage entails the construction of sports pitches and changing facilities and it has been approved.

No applications have yet been submitted for stages four and five, which will be further residential developments and open space respectively.

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