Prescot masterplan

Published on: Thursday, 28-May-2015

Transforming Prescot Town Centre into a thriving and even more attractive destination for residents and visitors is the aim of a new masterplan being drawn up on behalf of Knowsley Council.

Development and Infrastructure Consultancy Peter Brett Associates have been commissioned to develop the masterplan and Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) over the coming months.

The masterplan is an important stage in the process, helping to shape the kind of development/re-development that will take place in Prescot Town Centre over the next 15 years.

Knowsley Council has previously given its commitment to supporting town centres in the borough to help them survive the challenging conditions currently facing high streets throughout the UK. Now the development of a masterplan  will help clearly identify the most effective way forward for Prescot’s historic town centre – and compliment the heritage-led regeneration that is already underway as part of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Peter Brett Associates have already undertaken work with key stakeholders to develop a vision and set of strategic objectives for the town centre, which is: “By 2030, Prescot Town Centre will be a thriving place that is an attractive destination for local residents and visitors.

“It will offer a distinctive mix of uses including new cultural and leisure facilities, a consolidated and reinvigorated retail offer, and excellent local services, supported by new residential development that will enable more people to live in the heart of the town.

“The regenerated town centre will be easy to access and provide a high quality environment that showcases Prescot’s heritage and creates a strong sense of place.”

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The creation of a masterplan is an important milestone for Prescot and will provide a clear and detailed vision for how the town centre can be enhanced over the next 15 years.

“With a rich heritage as a thriving market town we know Prescot has so much potential. Times are tough for high streets up and down Britain at the moment but we are committed to supporting town centres in Knowsley to help them not only survive but to prosper once more. The masterplan for Prescot is an example of that.”

The draft masterplan will be subject to a six week statutory consultation period to be undertaken summer 2015.

Companies or individuals interested in being kept informed of progress regarding the Prescot Town Centre Masterplan can contact the Knowsley Growth Plan Team on 0151 443 3558 or email on growthplan.team@knowsley.gov.uk.