There will be a drop-in event on Monday (16 April) for members of the public to find out more about Halton Healthy New Town.

Halton Borough Council is holding the public consultation to let people know about the proposals for the Masterplan and Delivery Strategy for Halton Healthy New Town and to get people’s feedback.

It is being held at City Square, Runcorn Shopping City between 11am and 6pm.

Professional services firm WYG, working with property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton, have been progressing the Masterplan, which provides a framework set around a vision for the regeneration of Halton Lea with health and wellbeing at the heart of it.

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 behalf of Halton Borough Council, 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.

Building on work to-date, the plan also considers transport and movement issues, examining the landscape and how assets within Halton Lea and its surroundings can benefit residents, workers, and visitors alike.

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 masterplan workshops have been held with stakeholders to discuss the direction of work to-date.

City Square is in the centre of Runcorn Shopping City and can be reached via the multi-storey car parks. Bus services are available from the North and South Bus Stations.