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Article date - 16 February 2017
All 13 councillors voted unanimously at Tuesday evening’s meeting in favour of the development which will see the erection of 142 dwellings, including a mixture of detached and semi-detached properties, on a 4.87 hectare site to the west of Common Road that is allocated for residential development in the St Helens Unitary Development Plan.
Located approximately 1km from Earlestown town centre, work on the dwellings – some of which will be affordable units – is expected to start imminently.
The well-timed approval is a boost in the arm for St Helens’ housing land supply after an assessment carried out by independent assessors found a requirement for more housing in all the key settlements within the borough, in order to create a wider choice and greater affordability for local residents.
Welcoming the decision, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Growth, Councillor John Fulham, who sits on the Planning Committee, said: “Granting approval for new houses helps families get on the housing ladder while helping build the local economy, so I am delighted that this application for 142 new homes in the borough has been approved.
“This is a small step in the right direction to securing a wide selection of housing stock which ranges from starter homes to specialist homes such as bungalows and lifetime homes, and the passing of this application certainly helps us achieve our objective of growing the economy and our tax base to help recover some of the £90m we will have lost to central Government grant cuts by 2020".
Image shows the proposed site layout of the 142 houses, which will be built on land to the west of Common Road, Newton-le-Willows.