Vanguardia provided environmental noise and vibration services in support of the redevelopment of the former Parkside Colliery near Newton-le-Willows in St Helens District Council’s district. St Helens Council previously approved the project in 2019, but along with 3 other similar schemes in the North West, it was called in for a decision by the Secretary of State following a public inquiry.
Dani Fiumicelli, Technical Director at Vanguardia, gave expert witness evidence at the inquiry based on the baseline noise data, noise predictions and impact assessment contained in the Environmental Statement for the scheme. The development consists of ambitious proposals to redevelop the former colliery which closed in 1992.
The development’s first phase will see 93,000 square metres of a new employment park and logistics hub designed for the transportation, sorting, dispatch, and distribution of goods.
St Helens suffers from high levels of deprivation, with the Borough ranked within the 20% most deprived areas in England in terms of the overall rank of deprivation. There are particularly high levels of deprivation in terms of income, employment and health.
The inquiry heard that the first phase will create 500 construction jobs before an additional 1,300 permanent roles are provided, once the scheme comes into operation. Parkside is seen as a key part of the Liverpool City Region’s Freeport plan to attract investment and growth to the area, and will provide a substantial boost to the local and regional economy.
The included image provides an arial shot from the existing site.