The land is located to the South of Rainhill village, just off Junction 7 on the M62. The proposal is for the promotion of up to 750 homes. The scheme will deliver up to 30% affordable homes, as well as associated community facilities and infrastructure. The proposal is currently being promoted through the emerging local plan with the potential to be allocated mid to late 2018.
Proposal & Promotion
Wallace have entered into a promotion agreement with the two separate landowners of the site at Mill Lane, Rainhill, to deliver a comprehensive development framework to meet the Council’s revised objectives for increased housing numbers.
St Helens Borough Council is currently undertaking a full review of its local development plan. Their plan was adopted in October 2012 but, due to a significant housing number shortfall in the authority, the Council has chosen to undertake a wholesale review. To effectively deliver its housing requirement, the process will include a green belt review to release sites such as Mill Lane.
Wallace have already produced a detailed development framework report that was submitted to St Helen Borough Council as part of the development plan review process. This report included a concept masterplan layout for the site, which took account of input from the wider project team. The team was instructed to address matters affecting the site, such as planning policy, landscape and visual impact, traffic and transportation, ecology, drainage and education. This will be used for discussions with the Council and other key stakeholders and will be adapted throughout the planning process to maximise its development potential of the scheme. The site is currently identified as Safeguarded land to deliver 750 new homes.
The proposal itself is located in a highly sustainable location with good transport links and amenities. Wallace expect the Rainhill proposals to be a five to ten-year development, delivering approximately 750 homes.