Knowsley Council has ambitious plans for Huyton Village Centre and in order to ensure sites are ready for development, enabling works have commenced today (Monday 4 September).
This will largely consist of ongoing site surveys and ground investigations being carried out to understand land conditions in preparation for future development.
Equipment such as hydraulic drills and excavation equipment will be seen across the Council’s 7 acre campus including public parking areas.
The works are due to start during week commencing 4 September 2023 and will last for approximately four weeks.
The result of these enabling works will inform future plans for development and the creation of development ready plots.
The Council has already transformed 14 units through the Shop Front Improvement Scheme, with plans for more buildings to be transformed, which has helped to establish a night-time economy. Outdated buildings have been demolished and are ready for development (the Council’s former Venue and Yorkon buildings), the CCTV network has been enhanced and the multi-storey car park has benefitted from general maintenance and lighting upgrades as well as the installation of CCTV. In addition, a Development Management Partner – Genr8 Kajima Regeneration Ltd – has been appointed to support the Council to progress the plans for the mixed use commercial district.
The Council’s future plans for Huyton include:-
- The delivery of a new mixed-used commercial district with opportunities for a hotel, office space, co-working centre, and residential accommodation.
- The creation of an attractive new Village Green which will connect improved public spaces, an improved station gateway area and high quality event spaces on Derby Road.
- These investment opportunities will be supported by excellent transport access by road, bus, and rail, and will be a catalyst for further development in the Village Centre.
- The proposed development could bring up to 1,700 new jobs and a £50m per year spending boost to the local economy.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “It’s important that we continue to progress our plans as much as we can. The enabling works will put us in a much better position to progress our plans for Huyton. It will confirm the land conditions which will help to inform our future development plans for the village centre. We have done so much over the last few years and I look forward to see our plans progress further over the coming months and years.”