18 April 2018
In collaboration with property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton, our urban designers have progressed a health- and wellbeing-focussed masterplan for the regeneration of Halton Lea in Runcorn.
A drop-in public consultation was held by Halton Borough Council at Runcorn Shopping City on 16th April. Several of our urban designers at WYG attended to hear residents’ views first-hand.
As one of ten sites selected by NHS England to join the Healthy New Town programme, Halton Lea represents part of a national effort to shape new communities that prevent illness, reduce social isolation, and promote independence. Specifically, the programme aims to unite public health, NHS providers, commissioners, planning and housing development.
The scheme, developed on the Council’s behalf, furthers that goal by enabling the Council, key landowners, and stakeholders to support town growth and set expectations. It identifies opportunities linked to Halton Hospital and Wellbeing Campus, alongside potential new development sites.
With the project still in its infancy, most of the works are set to happen in five to 10 years, and others beyond that. Building on work to-date, the plan also considers transport and movement issues to create a better quality of public space. Proposals have been made to demolish some derelict buildings and revamp space to encourage more cycling and walking.
The masterplan will provide a clear framework through which development can progress in a comprehensive and coordinated way, creating the conditions to nurture the population’s health.
Lindsay Whitley, Associate Director at WYG, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to re-connect planning and urban design with the health agenda, creating a place where people can engage in healthy lifestyles through everyday life. We’re proud to be facilitating an environment where this change can occur.”
Two additional masterplan workshops have previously been held with stakeholders to discuss the direction of work to-date.