St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet signed offthe Masterplan Development Framework that sets out its vision for the town centre at its meeting on Wednesday, 20 October.
The council says its proposed plans will bring about a transformational change that will build upon the town centre’s existing assets and uniqueness. They aim to deliver high quality, sustainable regeneration, and transform the heart of Earlestown. And as you can see from the image above, it will look a lot different!
With the town’s historic market at the centre of their vision, the Draft Masterplan for the multi-million pound regeneration has now been published, with everyone invited to give their feedback.
The plan hopes to return Earlestown to its former glory as a market town by creating a thriving and vibrant high street and marketplace. The Town Hall will be re-opened and Market Square will be redesigned as a place for people to gather and use for different events.
There are also proposals for accessibility improvements at Earlestown railway station and a new ‘transport hub’ opposite the station is being considered. The hope is not only to give local people more options when it comes to transport, but also to give a significant boost to the local economy.
Earlestown is not the only town centre to be facing a bold new future – the council has also published a masterplan for St Helens Town Centre, too. Both have been prepared by the council in partnership with regeneration experts, the English Cities Fund (ECF).
What happens next?
A public consultation begins from Monday, 1 November for six weeks.
It will include pop-up shops in both Earlestown and St Helens town centres and stalls at various community locations. A full schedule of events will be published on St Helens Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
It is expected that an initial Phase 1 planning application for Earlestown town centre will be submitted in early 2022.
Cllr David Baines, Leader at St Helens Borough Council, said: “I am delighted to finally unveil these transformational masterplans for both St Helens and Earlestown town centres. The proposals will deliver once in a lifetime redevelopment at the heart of our towns.
“We want our town centres to be child and family-friendly, safe and sustainable thriving places for local businesses, shoppers, visitors, and residents, and that’s what these plans will help to deliver.
“We want as many residents, businesses and community groups as possible to have their say and to help shape the plans before planning applications are submitted early in the new year.”
How can I find out more?
Proposals can be viewed prior to the Cabinet meeting by visiting www.earlestown.co.uk.
The St Helens town centre proposals can be viewed at www.sthelenstowncentre.co.uk.
What do you think?
Is this the transformation you have been waiting for? Will you be supporting the plans, or is there something else you’d like to see happen in Earlestown?
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