May 19, 2018

140 new homes in Prescot has been awarded planning permission from Knowsley Council.

The Countryside developments at Prescot Park will include a mix of high quality 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 3 and 4 bedroom houses. The homes are being built on behalf of Sigma Capital Group and will be available for private rent under Sigma’s Simple Life PRS brand.

These are amongst many residential developments that have been granted planning approval on the brownfield site, formerly occupied by Prysmian Cables and Systems, which will eventually host more than 700 new homes. Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes and Anwyl Homes have already started construction.

John Flaherty, Executive Director (Place) at Knowsley Council said: “I’m delighted that Countryside have received planning permission for these exciting new developments. This means that 4 out of the 5 parcels are now allocated and we are close to the full site being under construction. These developments support the council’s plans and vision to increase the choice and availability of high quality housing in the area whilst strengthening the sustainability of the Town Centre. Countryside are already building in other areas of Knowsley with those developments proving to be very popular and I am confident this one will be too”.

Mark Hadfield, Regional Operations Director, Countryside commented: “We are looking forward to starting work on transforming this brownfield land into a thriving community, as we have done successfully with our other seven developments within the borough. This opportunity will see the further extension of our close working relationships with Knowsley Council and Sigma Capital Group to bring the community quality new homes that are accessible to all. The Countryside distinction is something that as a home builder we pride ourselves on; creating places people love, with unrivalled specification, attention to design detail and above all placing the customer at the heart of everything we do.”

Rachel Hoy, Development Manager, Sigma Capital adds: “We are very pleased to be working with Countryside and Knowsley Council on further Simple Life sites in Knowsley. Our sites within the Knowsley area have all been a great success so far demonstrating a high demand for high quality private rental family homes. The Simple Life brand aims to offer a private rental experience which exceeds general expectations within the PRS market, giving customers an affordable home, in a great location with all the little details taken care of.”

Construction of the new homes is expected to start imminently with the first homes being available to rent towards the end of the year.

This latest planning application supports the wider regeneration plans for Prescot which include the construction of the new Shakespeare North Playhouse and education centre, the recently opened new community police and fire station, the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative which is repairing and restoring buildings and spaces including the transformation of Market Place, a Shakespeare themed 27 bed boutique hotel/Gastro-pub and ‘The Bard’ Shakespeare themed micro-pub as well as plans for transport improvements between the train station and town centre.