Hundreds of houses and a new railway station are to be built on land in Maghull after Sefton Council resolved to grant planning permission for the development. The 14 hectare site, close to Ashworth Hospital, was acquired by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) from the Ministry of Justice in 2013 after plans to build a new prison were scrapped.
The permission covers new strategic railway infrastructure, contributions to local road and motorway junction improvements and bus infrastructure improvements, which will enable a well-planned residential development to be created on the site, providing:
- Around 370 new homes, including affordable and special needs housing
- A new railway station and car park to connect the development with the wider area, ensuring delivery of a key transport objective
- Developer contributions and new homes bonus
- Protection and enhancement of the site’s landscape, environment and ecology
The HCA carried out extensive consultation with local residents, statutory consultees and a panel of North West design experts from Places Matter to ensure that plans for the development met local expectations. The resultant proposal works within existing ecological features, helping to creating an attractive network of open spaces and enhancing accessibility from the site into the surrounding area.
Richard Jones, Area Manager (Liverpool City Region) at the HCA, commented:
“The HCA acquired this site from Ministry of Justice as part of the Government’s initiative to accelerate the delivery of much needed housing on sites within the public sector portfolio, so I’m pleased that we have been able to secure a resolution to grant planning permission at this time. The whole team worked hard to ensure the application addressed the concerns and expectations of the local community.”
The HCA has published the opportunity today to its Developer Partner Panel, seeking expressions of interest by 1st October, with an expectation that housing construction will start in Summer 2015. David Sayer and James McGivern of GVA Grimley are advising HCA in the transaction.