Plans for the first phase of Merseysideâ€™s answer to the London Docklands development have finally secured planning approval.
The Wirral Metropolitan Borough Councilâ€™s planning committee granted consent for Northbank East, the first phase of the Â£4.5 billion Wirral Waters project to regenerate Birkenheadâ€™s derelict docks.
Site owner Peel Holdings plans to build nearly 1,700 new residential units, offices, shops and local leisure amenities in the Northbank East phase.
The developer, which also owns the Trafford Centre out of town shopping complex, says it sees Northbank East as the first step in a scheme that will â€œtransform Wirral into a waterfront destination to rival those of Shanghai, Vancouver and New York.â€
Cllr Jean Stapleton (Lab), Wirralâ€™s cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy, said: â€œThe Wirral Waters proposals offer a unique opportunity for Wirral, the Northwest region and indeed the country and I am very pleased that the first steps to its implementation can now be taken after the approval by Wirral Council Planning Committee of the Northbank East proposals.
â€œThe plans will totally transform what is currently derelict brownfield land within East Float at Birkenhead Docks and when finished will create over 27,000 jobs in one of the countryâ€™s most deprived areas.â€
The council hopes the construction of the scheme will create up to a 1000 jobs.