FORMER FIRE STATION: More than 30 flats planned for West Kirby
This is what the apartments could look like, Image: Blueoak Estates
More than 30 flats are set to be built on the former site of West Kirby fire station.
Under plans by Blueoak Estates, 32 apartments will be developed across three linked buildings on Grange Road in the West Wirral town.
The former fire station site, which was made redundant when the station closed in 2016 and replaced by a new one in Saughall Massie three years later, will now host the three buildings which will range from three to four-and-a-half storeys in height.
Among the features of the new homes will be patio areas for all ground floor apartments with most of the upper floor flats having private balconies.
Of the 32 homes, 20%, or six, will meet the criteria for affordable housing, with 26 parking spaces to be provided across the site as a whole and enough cycle storage for every home.
There will also be six electric vehicle charging points at the site, making it easier for future residents to switch to a more eco-friendly car.
Using public transport is made convenient by the site’s Grange Road location, which is adjacent to the train station and in the centre of West Kirby.
Blueoak Estates believe the plan is needed to help combat Wirral’s housing shortage.
The design and access statement attached to the plan read: “The scheme will make a positive impact on the supply of new, energy efficient housing in the area on a previously developed site meeting an identified need and assisting in addressing the shortfall in Wirral Council’s supply of housing.”
The local authority must now decide whether to approve or reject the proposal.
Words: George Morgan, Local Demcoracy Reporter
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