A pair of regeneration strategies for cities have been approved, paving the way for the English Cities Funds to start work on the first phase of the 20-year visions.
St Helens Council has voted to approve the ECF Master Plans for St Helens and Earlestown town centers earlier this week, just over a year after the local authority and consortium signed a two-decade development agreement.
Work to draw up town planning applications can now begin. They will be tabled in the coming months, according to the board.
Find out more about the proposals contained in the master plans
The first phase of work in St Helens town center will include:
- A new bus station
- A new hall in the center of the city
- 50,000 square feet of office space
- Town center houses
- A hotel with 120 rooms
- Significant public domain enhancements.
The first phase of work in downtown Earlestown includes:
- Improved Market Square with a partially covered market area, flexible event space, and landscape improvements
- Improvements to the main main streets between the station and the market square to make the environment more welcoming and pedestrian friendly in favor of local businesses.
“This is a huge step forward for our borough,” said Cllr Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning.
“Now our goal is to present the planning applications for the first phase of each project, which will be submitted in the coming months, so that the much needed transformation of these city centers can begin as soon as possible.”
Leon Guyett, Director of Development at ECF, added: “It is fantastic to reach this important milestone in our partnership with St Helens Council, as we receive cabinet approval on our proposals to inject new living in downtown St Helens and Earlestown.
“It was great to speak to many community members, who informed the master plan as it stands. We look forward to continuing the delivery phase of our partnership, as part of our collective commitment to deliver sustainable regeneration that will change places and bring direct benefits to all neighborhoods in the borough.