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Housebuilder aims to create 153 homes on former City Road sportsground
A HOUSEBUILDER has put forward fresh plans to construct 153 homes on the site of an historic sportsground.
Belway Homes is seeking permission to create the housing estate on land off City Road, which was formerly the base of Pilkington Recs ARLFC and the Windle City Social Club.
Earlier this year outline planning approval for housing and industrial units at land off Washway Lane and City Road was granted.
St Helens Council officers made their decision under delegated powers, ruling the development would be “acceptable in terms of impact on affected neighbours”.
But full approval for the scheme is still needed.
Belway’s plans, for land which has stood vacant for several years since the social club burned down, is solely for the housing part of the development.
The estate would spread over five acres, with 123 three bedroom, seven two bedroom and 23 four bedroom homes being built.
Correspondence from Sport England that the applicant Pilkington Properties has proposed to mitigate the loss of the fields by investing £800,000 for sports facilities at the Ruskin Drive sportsground. The venue is now home to the amateur rugby league club.
Since 2004 the land has been the subject of a several planning applications, each of which has fell by the wayside.
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