In addition to the newly constructed residences, the development blueprint encompasses a specialised housing complex for veterans and an extra-care senior living scheme. Alongside these, there will be an establishment of a fresh local center, commercial units, and a café.
The project will involve the demolition of a total of 26 homes and the current local center at Palace Fields, according to Riverside. The historically significant Hallwood Manor and Stone Barns, previously known as Tricorn Land, will be converted into 10 of the new homes as they have fallen into disuse in recent times.
Enhancements are planned for the existing community garden, with the addition of a new play area, as well as the introduction of new walking and cycling routes. The Bethesda Church will undergo demolition and be replaced by a new church structure that will accommodate religious and community activities, complemented by an outdoor garden area for various outdoor endeavors.
Work to begin Q4 2024, and be completed by 2034
Riverside, the owner of 2,700 residences in Halton borough, has enlisted Compendium Living as the developer and Lovell Partnerships as the primary contractor for this undertaking. Work on the local center development is scheduled to commence in the winter of 2024.
The Palace Fields local center constitutes one component of the landlord’s larger £60 million revitalisation initiative in Halton Lea, encompassing the construction of 391 homes. The complete venture is projected to span approximately 10 years.
Phase 2 – The Uplands, to be submitted in coming months
Riverside disclosed that plans for the second phase of the rejuvenation project, known as the Uplands, will be submitted within the next month. These proposals encompass an additional 247 new residences, including houses, flats, and bungalows.
Nick Jones, director of development and growth at Riverside, said: “The approval for the local centre is another major step forward in our ambitions to transform Runcorn and provide much-needed high-quality affordable homes and spaces for local people to come together.