Developers behind the proposed regeneration of the redundant colliery at Parkside in Newton-le-Willows have confirmed that they will be submitting a planning application in Summer 2017 for the first phase of the site’s redevelopment.
Bosses at Parkside Regeneration, the joint venture between developers Langtree and St Helens Council formed to redevelop the redundant coal mine, also confirmed that they would be holding further public information days in advance of the application’s submission so that the public can see the final shape of what is proposed for the site.
“We have consulted extensively on our proposals and received some very constructive feedback,” explained John Downes, group managing director of Langtree. “Where practical we’ve incorporated a number of suggestions in to our proposals and intend to share them with the public before we submit our plans.”
The plans cover the project’s proposed first stage, which would incorporate up to 93,000 square metres of new employment space, providing up to 1,200 new jobs for local people, generating £40m a year in economic activity and adding £3.25m a year in rates payments towards the council’s income.
The public will now be able to view the plans prior to their submission at two events:
Commenting on the final plans for the site, St Helens Council Leader Councillor Barrie Grunewald, said:
“The submission of a planning application is a key milestone in the joint venture’s ambitions for Parkside. It will show us the nature and scale of the opportunity before us to deal with long-term, generational unemployment in St Helens and bring a redundant, brownfield site back in to productive use.”
No date has yet been set for the planning application to be heard, although it is expected to be ruled upon before the end of the year. Included with the submission will be a range of independent reports addressing issues such as road capacity, environmental impact and the development’s economic contribution to the borough.