WIRRAL: Birkenhead plans latest
Woodside Ferry Village in Birkenhead
A plan for as many as 1,000 homes is part of a series of massive proposals set to change Birkenhead forever.
Wirral Council has now secured more than £100m in funding from outside bodies including the government to transform the borough’s biggest town centre, one that has been left behind for decades.
Among the many plans for the town is a major housing development on disused land in Hind Street.
It is understood that once completed, the project could see between 800 and 1,000 homes built.
Alan Evans, Wirral Council’s director of regeneration, said the development had great environmental credentials given that Green Lane train station was very close to the site.
He added that the project would see a large area of the town brought back into use, something which would have major benefits for the appearance of the area.
While housing is an important part of the Birkenhead regeneration plan, it is about so much more than that.
Birkenhead Market is set to be at the heart of the town’s future.
By the end of 2024, traders are set to move into the former House of Fraser building, on Grange Road, in a site the market will share with residential space.
The council wants to open up this part of the town, with the flyovers to be removed and accessibility to be improved, with the walk from Birkenhead Central train station to the market to be made much more convenient.
It is also possible that the Central Hotel will be knocked down, meaning the new market could be seen from many more angles than the current site can.
An improved crossing at Conway Street is also part of the council’s plans for the town.
Mr Evans said plans such as this would help to increase footfall, something market traders say they need urgently.
Two more key aspects of Wirral Council’s vision for the town are Dock Branch Park and Woodside.
Dock Branch Park will be a green space running through the centre of the town, along the old Dock Branch rail line. It will help to improve Birkenhead’s appearance and make it a nicer place to be, as well as a much more convenient place to walk around.
At Woodside, a £19.6m pot from the government’s Levelling Up Fund is set to pay for a new ferry terminal, an upgrade to the U-Boat Story and a green space where the bus terminal is at the moment.
Along with changes to make it easier to walk to Woodside from Hamilton Square, it is hoped this project will help to bring some life back to a part of the town which Mr Evans admitted was currently “too quiet”.
As well as this, more than 300 homes are set to be built at the Land Registry Building on Rosebrae Court.
Other plans for Birkenhead include more food and drink outlets and more office space.
In fact, one of the first major schemes set to be completed is two new office buildings at the former Milton Pavements site.
Wirral Council is set to occupy one of the buildings, while other organisations are set to occupy the other.
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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