A newly agreed masterplan will highlight opportunities for new homes to be built in Prescot town centre.
The document will also guide investment and development of retail, leisure and commercial schemes until 2028 for one of the oldest settlements in Merseyside.
Knowsley Council approved the Prescot Town Centre Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) as it looks to build on the town’s rich heritage with new cultural and leisure facilities, independent shops and a successful evening economy.
Improved transport connections are also highlighted in the vision for the area, which has been developed following consultations with councillors, local businesses, residents and other organisations.
Councillor Mike Murphy, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, says: “We are all aware that the shape of local town centres and the retail sector continues to change and in order to ensure that Knowsley’s town centres thrive, we need to respond to those changes.
“To help us do this, we are developing masterplans for each of our town centres and Prescot is the first to have a long term plan in place that will help to attract the right type of development and investment to support our ambitious plans.”
“Plans for the new Shakespeare theatre, the acquisition by Geraud UK of the shopping centre, investment into the Townscape Heritage Initiative and our ambitions for a cinema and hotel in the town centre all demonstrate the existing commitment and growing confidence in Prescot as a place that people want to be.”