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Planning application for 1,250 homes submitted, St Helens

Planning application for 1,250 homes submitted, St Helens

4th February 2020

Nexus Planning has submitted a planning application on behalf of developer BXB Cowley Hill, to build 1,250 homes, a 100-bed hotel, 50,600 sq ft of commercial space and associated areas of public open space.

The development will sit on a portion of land that was formerly the Pilkington Glass Cowley Hill Works site in St Helens. The land is owned by NSG Pilkington UK, which will continue to operate from its current glass-coating factory on a 40-acre site next to the proposed housing development. The homes are set to be delivered over four phases, the first of which will be at Cowley Street comprising 220 houses.

Nexus Planning were instructed both as the planning consultants and project co-ordinators for the Environment Impact Assessment. Key tasks included:

  • Production of a Scoping Request to determine the content of the EIA
  • Managing the consultant team which undertook the EIA through all stages of the process. Leading to collation and delivery of the completed Environmental Statement.
  • Preparing Socio Economic chapter
  • Preparing Health Impact Chapter

Nexus Planning have received the IEMA Quality Mark, ensuring Nexus are “competent” to manage the preparation of an EIA and that high standards are adhered to.

Gary Goodman, director at BXB Cowley Hill, said: “This is a strategically vital site for St Helens in terms of the town’s ambitions for new homes and commercial infrastructure. Having regenerated numerous sites of this type we understand how best to knit together the various elements of the scheme and are pleased with the shape of our application.”