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:
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.
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:
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 on the PLR please click here to visit the St Helens Council website.