Protecting green space

Our plans are designed to regenerate the disused site while protecting the surrounding green space. The plans show how we will screen the site by planting new trees and creating landscape buffers which include retention of much of the former spoil heap as a natural buffer to provide ecological and potential future recreational opportunities.

The application is supported by an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which looks at potential impacts and how we will manage them. It includes the need for mitigation in terms of green space, biodiversity, noise and air quality, but also highlights the significant social and economic benefits and opportunities that the development will provide.

Environmental measures in the application include:

  • Creation of a better managed woodland and green space environment. As part of the planning application our consultants have looked where new trees will be planted and which trees need to be removed to allow development areas.
  • Extensive landscape buffers and public access to newly created green areas on the site.
  • Connective linkages between habitats within the site and also to other off site habitats, including Gallows Croft Local Wildlife Site, which is located to the south of the site.
  • Retaining and enhancing existing habitats on the site, providing ample green space.
  • Considerations to the creation of a “trim trail” providing areas with outdoor fitness equipment along the new footpaths.

Traffic

Phase 1 will be accessed from the A49 with a package of proposed junction improvements brought forward to address current congestion issues. We have completed a detailed traffic impact assessment which optimises traffic movements around the site.

Our studies have shown that with the programmed improvements to the M6, and the motorway junctions, and our own proposed improvements to the A49, the Newton-le-Willows road network will have sufficient capacity to accommodate the traffic generated by the Phase 1 proposals.

Connectivity

The site is a short distance from Newton-le-Willows train station that has recently received £14 million in Government investment to deliver improved public transport connections.

In addition a multi-million pound scheme is also underway to transform the M6 into a smart motorway, this includes installing the latest technology to monitor traffic levels and ease congestion at junctions 22 and 23.

This makes the Parkside site ideal for employment use and allows workers to use public transport as an alternative to the car.

 

Specific Road Improvement Proposal Could Include:

  • Improved access to the Parkside site through better linkages to the A49.
  • Localised widening of the A49 Newton Road to provide a right turn lane at Ghost Island.
  • Additional left turn lane on the M62 Eastbound slip road at Junction 9.
  • Widening for one additional lane on the Junction of Hollins Lane and the A49 at each arm.
  • Carriageway widening from the A49 allowing better traffic flows on to Hollins Lane.
  • At Winwick Island plans include creating one additional lane on A49 Newton Road Southbound, improving access to Winwick Link Road.
  • Widening of the circulatory carriageway at Winwick Island.
  • Additional segregated left turn lane from Winwick Link Road.
  • Two additional lanes on the A49 Newton Road northbound.
  • Widened exit merge to the retail park on Delph Lane.

Parkside Link Road

Separately St Helens Council has brought forward plans for a Parkside Link Road (PLR) which would provide a new road through the Parkside site, linking the A49 to an improved junction 22 of the M6.

It is envisaged the road would not only benefit businesses but also bring significant benefits to residents with traffic being diverted away from the villages of Newton-le-Willows and Winwick and allowing for quicker and easier access on to the M6 at junction 22.

Artists impression of PLR will sit within Phase 1 of Parkside

This proposal is separate from the Parkside plans (both developments are independent of each other).

For more information and to see a fly through of the PLR please visit the St Helens Council website at https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/traffic-travel-parking/parkside-link-road-consultation/