Welcome to Wirral Waters!

Peel Holdings, owners of the MDHC, have finally revealed their masterplan for Birkenhead’s dockland. The plans are to be “the biggest regeneration scheme in the UK” and will give this area a skyline to rival any city in the world.

The plans include:

  • A Retail and Leisure quarter at Bidston Moss
  • Mixed use (residential and business) developments around the East Float and Vittoria Dock
  • Port employment would continue at the West Float and Twelve Quays
  • Around 25,000 new residents
  • Around 27,000 new jobs (!)
  • £4.5b worth of investment
  • 50 Storey+ buildings

The scheme will come to fruition over the next 30 years, but wil first need to pass a public inquiry, due to the sheer size of the plan. For the sake of the area, we can only hope it passes. Another plan like this will never come along.

The masterplan can be found here.

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    Lungs of the Mersey…

    BBC News Online have been highlighting traditional seaside resorts in recent weeks. Last Saturday was the turn of New Brighton, and it’s actually pretty favourable…

    Australian Bob Williams, 51, has returned to the town for the first time since leaving it 32 years ago.

    He said: “I’m really impressed with the place, how clean it is, the lack of graffiti and it’s safe to be walking round. My parents emigrated because they didn’t like the atmosphere.

    “But I can see now it has a lot of potential and I don’t think people realise what they have here. It’s wonderful walking along here with no cars. We don’t want to go home.”

    Check out the comments for people’s memories and see what this area needs to recapture.

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    New Brighton Scheme Rejected

    The Government have thrown out Neptune’s controversial scheme for New Brighton’s regeneration.

    While it’s all well and good arguing the toss about heritage and NIMBYism (and there’ll be plenty of that to come…), what needs to happen now is for all sides to sit down and find a proposal that will work for the resort.
    As it is, New Brighton is a great example of a dead resort. Nothing that is there at the moment will draw people from outside the area to it as happened before.

    Our neighbours are in the midst of their biggest period of building and growth since the war, we need the same. The emphasis there is on need.

    Please, Wirral Borough Council and neptune, dust yourself down and get back to the drawing board.

    Woodside To Be Overhauled.

    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s development news comes this story from icLiverpool:

    AMBITIOUS proposals for a complete overhaul of the Birkenhead seafront opposite Liverpool’s Three Graces have been revealed.

    It follows lengthy research by planning consultants who were brought in by Wirral Council two years ago to develop a “masterplan” for the Woodside area.

    The land near the Birkenhead ferry landing stage is seen by Wirral Council as offering “one of the World’s most recognisable and spectacular views – that of the Liverpool waterfront”.

    Most of the details have been kept under wraps for now, but one of the main features is a high quality hotel.

    More good stuff, maybe things are (finally) turning around for our area.

    160 new flats for East Float Mills

    Plans have been submitted for a 19 storey residential tower at East Float Mills on Wallasey’s Dock Road. The new building would hold 160 flats.

    This area seriously needs investment of this kind, a 19 storey tower can only be the start. With some bars and restaurants added, along with some office space, Wirral’s dock system could undergo the kind of regeneration currently being enjoyed by our neighbours across the river.

    We’ll keep you updated on the plans.