24 brownfield sites to be used for housing across Sefton

24 brownfield sites to be used for housing across Sefton

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

Hundreds of new homes could be built on former brownfield land after 24 sites were identified by Sefton Council in their latest ‘Brownfield Register’.

The land earmarked for development could see up to 915 new properties being built on former factories, schools, railway land, churches, pubs, dairies, farms and other uses. 

They include the potential for: 65 new builds on the former Kew Park and Ride site in Southport; 100 homes at the former Former Johnsons Cleaners site in Bootle; 187 homes at the former Bootle Gasworks; 63 homes at the former Bootle High School; and 10 homes on the former Ambulance Station at Formby. 

Sites which weren’t included in the Register include the former Ainsdale High School and the Mecca Bingo building on Lord Street, which closed earlier this month.

The official ‘Brownfield Register’ has now been approved by councillors, with the hope of attracting developers to convert derelict sites into new uses. 

In his report, Chief Planning Officer Neil Mackie said: “The Brownfield Register will identify brownfield sites in Sefton that are suitable for housing development. All sites to be included in the Register will need to be suitable, available and achievable. 

“The Brownfield Land Register could highlight ‘difficult to develop’ sites that may be available. Inclusion on the Register may help support bids for funding to support the development of those sites. 

“Any site included in the Register will need to be suitable for housing development (likely to comply with planning policies), available for development (have a willing landowner) and should be realistically achievable (i.e. likely to be financially viable and have no other constraints that would prevent it coming forward).

“Maintaining an up-to-date Brownfield Register will be an ongoing piece of work. We will continue to carry out an annual ‘call for sites’ and any suitable sites will be added to the SHLAA and our 5 year land supply.”


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