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Approval recommended for Knowsley homes and employment space

Plans to build over 150 new homes and at least 16 hectares of employment space in Knowsley have been recommended for approval.

It’s envisaged that Earlsfield Park, a 23-hectare site in North Hutyon close to junction 2 of the M57, will become a “prestigious employment and housing location”.

According to a document included with a planning application, the emphasis is on three and four-bed family housing which will be “attractive to families and professional workers”, and the homes are to be built by Bellway.

Ion Developments and Bellway Homes’ Earlsfield Park masterplan was approved by Knowsley Council’s planning committee last September.

Artist impression looking from Liverpool Road towards the development.

Detailed planning permission is now being sought for specific aspects of the scheme including the new homes, 4,180 sqm of employment floorspace, a petrol station, a coffee drive-thru, a 59-bed hotel and a restaurant.

A number of amendments have been made to the original masterplan following a public consultation including changes to the height of the hotel and the “enhancement of the main eastern gateway to the site through “bolder landscape design”.

A report to be considered by Knowsley Council’s planning committee next week (28 June) is recommending that the committee grant delegated authority to the head of planning services to award planning permission for the proposals.

Speaking when the amended plans were submitted in April 2018, Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, said: “The employment park is an important focus of this development. With the launch of the Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool and Merseyside are set to become UK leaders in the field of science and technology innovation.

“Our vision for Earlsfield Park is that it is instrumental in supporting the regional direction by becoming a specialist environment that supports science, technology and advanced manufacturing.

“The beauty of the development is not just in its location and accessibility but through the flexibility of the design which caters for the demands of anything from manufacturing to laboratories, small start-ups or the corporate HQs of global businesses.”