Merseyside docks regeneration is approved

Merseyside Docks
Merseyside Docks

Plans for the first phase of Merseyside’s answer to the London Docklands development have finally secured planning approval.

The Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council’s planning committee granted consent for Northbank East, the first phase of the £4.5 billion Wirral Waters project to regenerate Birkenhead’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 “transform Wirral into a waterfront destination to rival those of Shanghai, Vancouver and New York.”

Cllr Jean Stapleton (Lab), Wirral’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy, said: “The 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.

“The 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 country’s most deprived areas.”

The council hopes the construction of the scheme will create up to a 1000 jobs.

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