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North Huyton Outline Plan and Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)


Location Client Completion
North Huyton, Knowsley, Merseyside, UK Developer consortium (Keepmoat, Gleeson Homes and Lowry Homes) 2009

Project details

BDP, working as part of a developer consortium provided the masterplanning, urban design and graphical expertise that was integral to a successful competitive bid to undertake the North Huyton Development Project to facilitate the physical redevelopment of North Huyton, Merseyside as part of the North Huyton New Deal for Community (NDC) programme.

As lead masterplanner, BDP maintained an important role ensuring that the principles of the masterplan were understood by the local community and that the developer consortium and local community shared in the same vision and aspirations for the revitalisation and reinvention of North Huyton. The Outline Plan provides for 1,450 new homes, a new community centre, refurbished and extended community facilities, a training and education centre and significant areas of formal and informal recreational space.

BDP Planning also advised the development consortium on a range of planning and development issues and gained Outline Planning consent (including a full Environmental Statement and Traffic Impact Assessment) for the masterplan, as well as detailed consent for 391 homes on phase 1 of the scheme.  BDP also managed the EIA process for the scheme from screening and scoping, to the production of the final Environmental Statement.

This work culminated in BDP producing the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the North Huyton Development Project on behalf of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council to provide a strong evidence base and statutory basis for the masterplan to inform future phased planning applications. This included a full Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA).


  • to deliver high quality development that will seek to transform North Huyton into a thriving, viable and sustainable community, which will address the market failure of the local area by transforming its physical profile and improving the quality and choice of homes, in order to create a balanced neighbourhood
  • to provide new areas of open space that will become major visible, viable and attractive assets that will further encourage community use and community cohesion
  • to improve levels of permeability within the area and ensure that neighbourhoods are not disconnected from one another, in order to assist in promoting social integration


  • outline consent achieved for:
    - provision of 1450 residential units
    - an extension to the River Alt Resource Centre
    - redevelopment of the Gate Community Facility
    - provision of a new Specialist Skills and Training Centre
    - provision of a maximum of 450m² of retail floorspace
    - provision of 19.43ha of public open space comprising an enhanced ‘green corridor’ (along the River Alt) and a new central green avenue (the ‘Boulevard’)
  • full planning consent achieved for:
    - 391 new homes
  • provides the catalyst to deliver further change within the wider North Huyton New Deal New Future area

Integrated services

planning, masterplanning, landscape architecture, engineering