Planners: St Helens witnessing building boom

The number of new homes being built in St Helens rocketed by 90 per cent in the year to March 2014

The number of new homes being built in St Helens rocketed by 90 per cent in the year to March 2014

First published in News

HOUSEBUILDING across the town is outstripping national figures, according to new data from St Helens Council’s planning team.

The Department of Communities and Local Government revealed recently that the number of new houses being built nationally in the year to March 2014 had risen by 31 per cent.

However, the number being built during the same period in St Helens rocketed by 90 per cent – with 766 additional homes now either completed or under construction.

Developments under construction in St Helens include housing estates at the site of Saints’ former Knowsley Road ground and the Triplex club in Eccleston and the former home of Pilkington Recs amateur rugby league club at City Road. Nationally, in the year ending March 2014, work began on 133,650 new homes in England.

Much of the increase has been attributed to the Government’s Help to Buy scheme – with house builders claiming it allowed them to “plan ahead” and rebuild confidence lost during the economic downturn.

However, the council suggests the new found confidence has been supplemented by local authority planners going out of their way to create the right conditions for developers.

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1:34pm Mon 16 Jun 14

barrie timpson says...

The same confidence that is attracting all the new and big name shops to the town centre? haha rubbish.

This is because they approve every planning order going so they can have more council tax from homes. How very capitalist of our socialist (champagne) council.
Barrie Grizwald would sell his Nan's back garden for an extra band b rate.

When are you going to build something municipal you fund sucking leeches?
The same confidence that is attracting all the new and big name shops to the town centre? haha rubbish. This is because they approve every planning order going so they can have more council tax from homes. How very capitalist of our socialist (champagne) council. Barrie Grizwald would sell his Nan's back garden for an extra band b rate. When are you going to build something municipal you fund sucking leeches? barrie timpson
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3:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

susan23 says...

Pity infrastructure is not keeping up! How many new school places have been made available to keep pace with the new families moving into these homes?
Pity infrastructure is not keeping up! How many new school places have been made available to keep pace with the new families moving into these homes? susan23
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7:25pm Mon 16 Jun 14

keepitreel says...

so the boom times must be coming then if we are building houses in the £250k bracket on every bit of land the council can flog off or rubber stamp what ever is put before them,what about the first time buyer or those that cant afford the deposit,they rent the terraced house that used to be their foot on the ladder,not now since buy to let shisters moved in.
Has the powers that be got a motive to turn ST HELENS into a middle class cafe culture ghetto for the champagne socialists that seem to be infiltrating the council,get rid of the shops one by one and have an avenue of coffee shops very chic,how many in the council are landlords and taking advantage of the people on housing benefit,i know at least one,BARRY.
so the boom times must be coming then if we are building houses in the £250k bracket on every bit of land the council can flog off or rubber stamp what ever is put before them,what about the first time buyer or those that cant afford the deposit,they rent the terraced house that used to be their foot on the ladder,not now since buy to let shisters moved in. Has the powers that be got a motive to turn ST HELENS into a middle class cafe culture ghetto for the champagne socialists that seem to be infiltrating the council,get rid of the shops one by one and have an avenue of coffee shops very chic,how many in the council are landlords and taking advantage of the people on housing benefit,i know at least one,BARRY. keepitreel
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11:57pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Eranu says...

Somewhat misleading to say housing growth is "outstripping" national figures when that refers to a percentage increase from a low base. Two or three fair sized sites and housing growth goes up 90% proves that. Bit like saying that due to two extra cars going down a country lane, traffic growth on the lane "outstripped" traffic growth on the M6.

Prepare for the next council issue story using these twisted statistics ....as another coffee shop opens....growth in St. Helens town centre coffee shops "plummets" compared to national figures...
Somewhat misleading to say housing growth is "outstripping" national figures when that refers to a percentage increase from a low base. Two or three fair sized sites and housing growth goes up 90% proves that. Bit like saying that due to two extra cars going down a country lane, traffic growth on the lane "outstripped" traffic growth on the M6. Prepare for the next council issue story using these twisted statistics ....as another coffee shop opens....growth in St. Helens town centre coffee shops "plummets" compared to national figures... Eranu
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4:43pm Thu 19 Jun 14

jumperr says...

The council never follows any of its own directives, say one thing and then argue against it,incredible building houses were are all the house buyers, no facilities for anybody p.
The council never follows any of its own directives, say one thing and then argue against it,incredible building houses were are all the house buyers, no facilities for anybody p. jumperr
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