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£2m to help tackle housing crisis with 262 homes on industrial land

  • £2m to prepare former industrial site for development of 262 properties
  • Derelict site at Moss Nook will be turned into 900 homes
  • Part of wider £60m plan to build more than 4,000 homes on “brownfield land”

A further 262 homes are set to be built on former industrial land in St Helens thanks to almost £2m funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The funding enables the third phase of a project which will eventually see 900 homes on the 94-acre Moss Nook site south of the town centre.

A total of £1,954,000 from the Combined Authority will be used to support the remediation and infrastructure work necessary for development of 112 properties for sale, 50 affordable homes and 100 for rent.

The funding has been awarded to Harworth Estates Investments Ltd, experts in preparing complex, “brownfield” sites for onward sale for construction by housing developers.

This follows an initial £2m awarded to the company in 2020, which prepared the ground for the first 240 homes at Moss Nook.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“New homes are an investment in all our futures. They give families the opportunity to realise their home ownership ambitions; attract new funding into our towns and cities, and help us to retain the very best talent to fuel our economy.

“We know that our journey to building a strong, prosperous community starts at home, which is why we are helping thousands of families across the Liverpool City Region to invest in good quality, genuinely affordable, and accessible houses.

“By specifically targeting brownfield sites, we are helping to turn once-forgotten areas back into thriving communities – and help to protect more of our green spaces.

“We’ve already made great strides to achieve this ambition, having committed £20 million to build nearly 2000 new homes across the region, including these much-needed new properties at Moss Nook.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Framework, said:

“Moss Nook is a great example of our brownfield first policy in action, where our investment has enabled a formerly derelict site to be developed, creating hundreds of decent homes for local people. We have work under way at sites across the city region and a further pipeline of projects ready to come on stream and we are well on our way to enabling the creation of thousands of new homes.”

Councillor David Baines, Leader of St Helens Council added:

“This plot of land, which is located between Sutton, Parr and Bold, was derelict for a number of years and had been plagued by anti-social behaviour. So it is great to see this site cleaned up and turned into a place for families to live.

“This latest funding will help make more of the site a suitable spot for development in the future and has the potential to unlock new housing and additional facilities in the area. We are committed to putting these eyesore brownfield sites back into use and funding like this is vital in helping us to make sure that can happen.”

Matt Whiteley, Associate Development Director at Harworth, commented:

“Within just a few years, Harworth has transformed a piece of derelict brownfield land into a thriving new community in St Helens, providing new infrastructure, amenities and green space for local people. We are grateful to St Helens Council and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for their continued support in helping us to deliver on our vision, and it is a privilege to be able to show them our progress on site today.”

In July 2020, the Liverpool City Region was allocated £45m from the Government’s Brownfield Land Fund to deliver previously-developed or brownfield, land suitable for at least 3,000 homes.

Then, in March 2022 it was awarded an additional £15m which will enable a further 1,000 homes to be built on previously developed sites in the Liverpool City Region.

So far, the Combined Authority (CA) has supported nine projects across the Liverpool City Region with more than £19.5m invested to deliver 1,670 homes.

Plans are in the pipeline for a further 21 projects which could lead to 2,723 additional homes.

In total, 700 brownfield sites have been identified across the six local authorities of the Liverpool City Region.

The updated brownfield register identifies 1,813 acres of brownfield sites which could provide space for more than 42,000 homes, if remediated.