The site is accessed from Lowfield Lane and is part of the Mere Grange
mixed use development. Lowfield Lane is served from Elton Head
Road, which provides vehicular connection with the A570 St Helens
Linkway, which links St Helens Town Centre with the M62 at Junction 7.
Junction 7 of the M62 provides quick and easy access to the regional
and national motorway network via the M6 and M57 and therefore
offers easy commuting to either Manchester or Liverpool by car.
The local rail station (Lea Green) is located within 1/4 mile of the site
and provides a regular service between Liverpool Lime Street and
Manchester Victoria as well as Warrington Bank Quay. Extensive rail
links are also available via the main St Helens Central station situated
approximately one mile away in the town centre.
St Helens town centre offers an extensive range of retail and leisure
The site extends to 9.03 acres in total and is generally flat with the
exception of a landscaped bund along the frontage with Lowfield Lane.
There is a band of trees through the centre of the site and on the north
There are three balancing ponds to the east and southern parts of the
site which were originally provided as part of the infrastructure for
the proposed commercial development. The retention of these ponds
is not necessary for the residential scheme and the principle of their
removal has been established through the outline planning consent.
To the north of the site there is a small development under
construction and a housing development which was completed in the
1970ís. The site has extensive frontage to Lowfield Lane along the
western boundary which fronts new developments by Morris Homes
and St Modwen Homes. The eastern boundary of the site is formed
by the Mere Grange spine road and further east is Mere Grange, a
commercial business park comprising offices and a forthcoming
development of industrial and warehouse units.
Network Space has secured outline planning
approval for the development of up to 120
residential dwellings on 9.02 acres of land.
The consent allows for the creation of a new
access off Lowfield Lane to the west.
The permission for the residential area
was part of a wider mixed use scheme
(planning reference P/2016/0567/HYBR)
which includes commercial development on
Phases 1 and 2 to the north of Mere Grange.
The permission is a hybrid, which ties the
commercial development of Phase 1 in
detailed form to the residential development
in outline. A planning condition allows the
occupation of up to 49 dwellings before the
delivery of infrastructure and floor slabs for
units A and B within Phase 1.
Network Space has now let the contract
for the development of Phase 1 and
it is anticipated that the scheme will
be practically complete by June 2018.
Importantly, the planning condition referred
to above will be discharged before the
end of the year (2017) and consequently,
the residential consent will be totally
unencumbered in so far as any links to the
commercial land are concerned by the start
St Helens town centre is located within a
mile of the site and there are a full range of
retail and leisure facilities within the town.
There are a number of out of town shopping
developments located on St Helens Linkway
including B&Q, Argos, Currys, Aldi and Tesco
Extra all of which are situated between the
site and St Helens town centre.
The Totally Wicked Stadium home to
St Helens Rugby League Club is also
situated close by within easy access from
the St Helens Linkway.
Method of Sale
Offers may be made on a wholly unconditional basis, subject to contract only or alternatively subject to reserved matters approval, in the case of the latter, prospective purchasers should confirm the acceptability in principle of the Heads of Terms.
The closing date for offers is 12 noon Wednesday 22nd November 2017. Offers submitted via email are acceptable.
The seller has elected to waive the VAT exemption and therefore VAT will be payable by the purchaser on legal completion in addition to the purchase price. The buyer will be provided with a VAT invoice to facilitate recovery of the tax.
The site is part owned by Network Space
and The Homes and Communities Agency
(HCA), the portion of the site owned
by HCA is controlled by Network Space
under a Development Agreement and the
freehold interest of the HCA land can be
transferred to a nominated purchaser
specified by Network Space along with the
freehold of the Network Space land.
The transfer will be subject to a standard
HCA clawback provision which requires
the payment to HCA of 50% of the uplift in
value for any use other than residential.
HCA have agreed to a variation to the
terms of the clawback, to ensure that
individual residential properties are not
captured once they have been sold. This is
currently being formalised.