Flattening hundreds of homes to build hundreds of new ones, transformation of the old Tricorn pub, and setting up apartments for military veterans are part of major new proposals to regenerate Halton Lea.

Social housing provider Riverside is planning to carry out work in Hallwood Park and Palace fields which will involve the regeneration of the Local Centre and Uplands.

The plans include demolishing 350 homes and building around 400 new properties - a mix of apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bed houses and bungalows in the Local Centre and Uplands.

Riverside said the £60m Halton Lea regeneration scheme will take around 10 years to deliver and is expected to require around £30m of public funding, with some funding bids in development and some nearing completion.

Plans for the Local Centre include:

  • New apartments, bungalows and houses.
  • New local business space.
  • Closing the subway, filling in the land to bring it level with the busway and delivering a safe crossing.
  • New walking and cycling routes to improve access.
  • An upgraded Palace Fields moat.
  • Refurbishing the Tricorn buildings into housing
  • A new extra care scheme .
  • Veterans apartments .
  • A New Bethesda Church space.

Plans for The Uplands include:

  • Closing the two subways by The Knoll apartments.
  • A green avenue connecting the busway through the estate to Town Park with housing on all sides.
  • New walking and cycling routes, including one to Shopping City .
  • New Veterans houses .

Riverside said the new homes will be prioritised for any residents relocated as part of the regeneration plan. It is anticipated, pending planning submission and approval, that the Local Centre works would commence in 2024 moving onto the Uplands in 2028.

Nick Jones, Director of Development and Regeneration at Riverside, said:  “Our intention is to create a high quality neighbourhood for generations to come, so we want as much feedback as possible before submitting our planning application.

"It’s important to stress that these are still only plans and show the vision of what we would like to deliver. Nothing is set in stone, so I would urge local people to come to our consultation events over February to see the draft plans and have their questions answered."

Residents are invited to provide feedback about the plans, with a consultation opening today and lasting until February 22.

Further information is available on Riverside’s website here