Regeneration Projects

Mersey Gateway Plus​

The Mersey Gateway Project unlocks significant development and Investment opportunities within Halton, the City Region and beyond. This Plan seeks to build on the existing strengths and assets of the local area to continue the physical regeneration and transformation of Halton and further enhance our economic offer. The Plan sets out a cohesive package of development opportunities and identifies the key infrastructure and enabling projects we are looking to bring forward to complement and support growth.

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Runcorn Vision

The Runcorn Vision is a non-statutory, high level document, which sets out ideas and aspirations for the area. The concepts within it are illustrative only and will be subject to detailed design and consultation moving forward. It does, however, highlight the enormous potential of the area through the delivery of a inspirational Station Quarter around Runcorn station, the delinking of the Silver Jubilee Bridge approach structures, along with improvements to the residential offer, retail core, environment, accessibility and pedestrian linkages.

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Runcorn Station Quarter Masterplan and Delivery Strategy

Focus will be on identifying and exploring options to deliver a high profile and vibrant ‘gateway’ destination adjacent to Runcorn Main Line station including: providing a rich mix of land uses including quality public realm that are realistic and deliverable yet aspirational and transformational; improving visual and physical linkages and movement between the Station Quarter area, the town centre, the canals and nearby communities; and exploring measures to improve inward and onward connectivity with Runcorn Station, looking at options to provide a public transport hub in this area to promote sustainable travel.

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Greening Derelict, Underused and Neglected Land Demonstrator Project
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Halton Borough Council has submitted a planning application to develop a one mega-watt Solar Farm on the former St Michael’s Golf Course. The project will be part-funded with European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

The scheme will bring back into use a brownfield site and make use of a Council asset that is has been unsuitable for major development in recent years. The Solar Farm will be connected to Halton Stadium and will provide around 500,000kw of electricity per annum for the next 25 years.

This will reduce the operating costs of the stadium over the same period. The surplus electricity will be either be connected to another Council facility or sold to a third party through a power purchase agreement

The energy generated will reduce CO2 emissions by 380 tonnes per annum or 9,500 tonnes over the lifetime of the project 9,500.

Castlefields Regeneration

In consultation with the local community a Masterplan for Castlefields was published in 2003. The Castlefields Masterplan and Action Plan provide a blueprint for the regeneration of the area. The Masterplan identifies five specific roles for the Castlefields Regeneration Partnership:

  • Guardian of the overall regeneration vision for Castlefields
  • Champion the renaissance of Castlefields
  • Co-ordination of existing projects and finance
  • Co-ordination of existing projects and finance
  • Facilitating, co-ordinating and procuring physical and social programmes
  • Ensuring long-term stewardship and management of Castlefields

In April 2005, to support the ongoing regeneration of the area, Castlefields was designated as a regeneration action area within the Halton Unitary Development Plan. This designation provides a flexible planning framework to facilitate the physical and environmental improvement of the area. In September 2005, Halton Council adopted a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to guide future development within the Castlefields and Norton Priory Action Area. Download a copy of the Castlefields Masterplan and the Castlefields and Norton Priory Action Area Supplementary Planning Document.