Plans for the next stage of Kirkby’s regeneration have been submitted for approval.
Developer St. Modwen’s proposals include a new supermarket, shops, car parking and improved pedestrian links.
The application comes on the back of a public consultation held last October with local businesses, shopkeepers and residents.
Feedback was positive with more than 500 people attending a two-day event held in St Chad’s Parade. Of the 229 responses received, 95% (218) of residents and stakeholders supported St. Modwen’s plans.
Speaking about the plans, Councillor Graham Morgan, Knowsley Council’s regeneration and economic development cabinet member, says: “We are pleased to see another significant step forward in the regeneration of Kirkby town centre.
“The recent consultation events highlighted that there is a great deal of support for improving the retail offer in the town centre so I’m pleased to see that the next steps are being taken to bring forward the facilities which our residents want.
“The application will be considered by the council’s planning committee in due course.”
Paul Batho, projects director at St. Modwen in the North, adds: “Our plans for Kirkby town centre incorporate the feedback we received during the public consultation and will provide Kirkby with a real boost.
“The scheme will provide a new supermarket and will widen the range of shops that will meet the shopping needs of the people of Kirkby and the surrounding area.
“The proposals will boost the local economy, creating new jobs during and post construction, as well as bringing more shoppers and other local businesses to the town.”
St. Modwen says it is in advanced talks with a “major food store operator which is keen to commit to Kirkby”.