St Helens town centre transformation project plans approved

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The once-in-a-generation transformation project of St Helens town center has been approved by St Helens Borough Council‘s Planning Committee. This is following the approval of Earlestown town center regeneration plans earlier this year.

Following the approval, images were released showing new views of the proposed bus interchange transformation. They also include how clear focal lines will be created for the impressive Parish Church. This will draw visitors into the town center, as well as striking visuals of the new market hall, which will serve as an anchor of the redevelopment.

St Helens town center transformation plans

The English Cities Fund (ECF), a partnership between nationwide master developer Muse, Legal & General, and Homes England, will now move forward with detailed designs for phase one of the exciting St Helens town center masterplan.

It will include high-spec sustainable office space and an internationally branded hotel. Additionally, it will have new family homes, a new market hall, shops, and beautifully landscaped public spaces. This is part of ECF’s borough-wide strategic partnership with St Helens Borough Council that spans 20 years.

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The approved planning application includes some demolishing of the current property as well as outlining consent for new buildings. This will allow flexibility in subsequent phases based on market conditions. The proposals are consistent with the St Helens Town Centre Masterplan Development Framework. The Framework was approved by the Council’s Cabinet in February 2022. This was after extensive and positive community consultation.

Creating a positive community legacy

The plan is centered on sustainability and the creation of a positive community legacy. In line with the council’s net zero aspirations, the regeneration of St Helens town center will help address the climate crisis. This is by creating sustainable buildings and transportation infrastructure within carefully curated public spaces.

“Less than a year ago, we asked the public what they thought of our plans for St Helens town center. Their overwhelming support for this project shows that this is the right plan,” said Councillor David Baines, leader of St Helens Borough Council. Obtaining planning permission for this exciting first phase of development demonstrates that. Thanks to our partnership with ECF, we are fulfilling residents’ wishes to see our town center revitalized as soon as possible.