DEVELOPER St Modwen has received planning permission for the second phase of its £100m urban village scheme in St Helens.
The firm, which has a Warrington regional office, began work on phase one of its Vulcan Works site in Newton-le-Willows in 2010, which will provide 138 houses built by Jones Homes.
Now it is set to begin work on the second phase on Wargrave Road with housebuilder Persimmon to build 282 new homes and an 18,000 sq ft food retail unit after St Helens council granted reserved matters planning permission.
The existing Vulcan Bowling Club, which this year celebrated its centenary, and the Vulcan Rifle Club have also been granted lease extensions until 2016.
Nick Whittingham, land director at St Modwen, said: “The start of the second phase at the Vulcan Village is an important step forward for this scheme.
“The project will deliver much needed housing and amenities to the local area and we are working closely in partnership with Jones, Persimmon and St Helen’s Council to ensure that it meets the needs of the community.”
He added: “As part of the scheme we have a commitment to provide sports and leisure facilities for the community and so we are pleased to extend the leases of the Vulcan Bowling Club and Vulcan Rifle Club until 2016.”
David Hodgson, sales and marketing director of Persimmon Homes North West, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with St Modwen on this scheme and continue to build on our portfolio in the North West.
“We are due to open and release our first phase of houses in January, and we look forward to the successful completion of the work.”
The 50-acre site, where rail locomotives were once built, will include a total of 630 homes, retail and community facilities once complete.
The site will is owned by KPI, a joint venture company between St Modwen Properties and Salhia Real Estate.