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: 52 hectares (c128 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.