Location: About one mile south east of St Helens town centre, North West England
Local authority: St Helens Metropolitan Council
Postcode of nearby property: WA9 3EN
Size: 52ha (about 128 acres)
Site status: On hold
The aim of the project was to create a new “urban village” near the centre of St Helens from former industrial land to improve the area for existing nearby residents and good quality much needed new housing. Banks Property received planning permission for its plan in 2007 following a public inquiry. Shortly afterwards Banks contracted land rectification and remediation work as well as earth moving works to make the site suitable for redevelopment. 40 hectares of land have now been remediated from their former industrial use. However such works have now been suspended following the 2008/9 crash in the property market and slow recovery in this part of the North West which caused the volume home builders to withdraw from this project. Interest in the site has returned and Harworth Group are currently exploring options to progress the site.
The site was formerly occupied by a chemical works, a coal pit, colliery and a concrete pipe works.
There was earth moving jobs created by the land remediation works. There will be local construction employment opportunities throughout the construction phases of the homes.
The Moss Nook site is part of wider regeneration proposals for this area of St Helens, which the Council and Banks Property continue to work towards.
Cleaning up industrial land to make it suitable for homes to be built on. The plan that was granted permission includes the creation of new public open spaces and footpaths with new trees planted along each side of the footpaths.
Moss Nook, one pager, March 2017
Note re aerial photograph below
The aerial photograph shows an extensive area of urban land in St Helens where Banks have carried out reclamation works prior to construction of a mainly residential development. Green areas on the site are playing fields which are proposed to be rationalised and enhanced during the development. Two areas of existing housing are excluded from the development but will be considered sensitively in the layout. The site is well connected to local facilities and the town centre.