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College investigates proposal for new housing development

Knowsley Community College is working with Barratt Homes to investigate the release of surplus land for a new housing development.
The proposals for Larch Road, Roby, involve developing the former playing field which has not been used for many years. The proceeds from the sale of the land will be invested into the College to improve the facilities for students and the local community.
If planning permission is granted, Barratt Homes hopes to build around 140 quality houses on the site. The development will bring investment and jobs into the area as well as providing a range of much needed new family homes.
Steve Logan, Principal of Knowsley Community College, said: “If the development gets the go ahead, we will be using the proceeds from the sale of the land to improve college facilities for the benefit of students and the local community.
“If approved, the development will also create valuable job opportunities and Barratt Homes has already committed to work with the College on Apprenticeship and other education and training initiatives. I genuinely believe that the Barratt Homes development will enhance the attractiveness of the Roby area and provide much needed high quality homes for local people.”
The former playing field does not meet current standards and there are more accessible and better sports facilities nearby. The recent audit of playing pitches undertaken by Knowsley Council confirms that the field is surplus to local requirements.
Jeremy Boyd, Land Director for Barratt Homes, said: “There is a shortage of good quality, market housing in Knowsley and the proposed Local Plan seeks provision of an additional 450 new homes per year focused in sustainable locations in existing urban areas.
“This site is identified in the Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment as being highly suitable for new housing and the development will bring jobs, investment and other benefits to the area. We are committed to consulting with local residents and we will be contacting them shortly to seek their views and ideas on the development proposals.”
Barratt Homes also runs the Barratt Legacy programme aimed at working with communities and supporting local organisations. It is currently reviewing opportunities for Legacy initiatives in Roby as part of the redevelopment proposals.
Further information about the proposals will be made available in due course and prior to the submission of a planning application.

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