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Riverside Group's plans for Palace Fields could take 10 years to complete. Credit: via planning documents

Riverside’s 134-home Runcorn regen poised for success

Palace Fields in Halton Lea could be getting a drastic makeover, with the demolition of an assortment of buildings proposed to make way for a new local centre, church, bungalows, apartments, and houses.

Halton Council is due to decide on housing association Riverside Group’s plans on Monday at its development management committee meeting.

Submitted in March, the planning application calls for the demolition of the current local centre at Palace Fields, 26 homes, and part of the Tricorn Public House on more than nine acres.

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Aerial view showcasing Riverside’s plans for Palace Fields. Credit: via Riverside Group

In their place, Riverside would construct 134 homes for social rent.

Of the 134 homes that would be built, 63 would be situated within a four-storey extra care senior living facility. This building would also have ground-floor retail space and there would be two extra care bungalows nearby.

Triton Public House, which resides in the grade two star-listed Hallwood Hall and grade two-listed stables, would be converted into 10 apartments.

There would also be a replacement local centre built containing a new home for Bethesda Church.

Walking and cycling routes would be introduced, and the current subway would be filled to make the crossing point level with the busway.

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View of the local centre. Credit: via planning documents

These plans, submitted by Lichfields on Riverside’s behalf, are the result of three years of consultation.

DK Architects worked with landscape architect Planit-IE on crafting the design for Riverside’s regeneration project. Sutcliffe Engineers, Redmore Environmental, E3P, Vectos, and Amenity Tree Care are also on the project team.

If the project is approved by the council, Lovel Partnerships is lined up to be the main contractor.

Compendium Living is set to be Riverside’s delivery partner, with Markhams as the employers agent.

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The historic Hallwood Hall buildings could become apartments. Credit: via planning documents

Riverside owns more than 2,700 homes in Halton. Its Palace Fields scheme is just part of a wider £60m regeneration scheme, which will ultimately see the construction of 400 homes in Halton Lea. The entire project is expected to take 10 years to complete.

Learn more about the proposal by searching 23/00128/FUL on the Halton Council planning portal.

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134 homes sounds very good. Why are Riverside building so many extra care apartments? 63 extra care apartments and also a veteran village. I don’t remember seeing any of this requested in the consultation period. Everyone was excited about the regeneration and improvements to the local centre and the Tricorn (Hall wood House.) People wanted improved or better houses not extra care apartments!

By Anonymous

How can the plans be passed for the tricorn when Riverside don’t own it

By Anonymous

So, knocking down 26 means it’s only 104 new homes and 10 whole years of upheaval for the residents already there. Doesn’t sound like a great idea to me.
We need housing now, not in years to come, 11 per year ain’t such a great offer. What do these housing associations and trusts do with all those rents they collect?

By Resident

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