35 million pound redevelopment plan for the Wirral
Plans are being submitted for a £35 million redevelopment scheme for Wirral’s Bromborough Pool area. The application includes plans to build commercial and residential property as well as a range of new industrial units and a new internal road layout.
Bromborough Pool was built to provide homes for workers at the local candle factory in 1854 and has over 150 years of industrial history however, the site sadly closed in 2009 with the loss of 115 jobs.
Dibbin Estates and Equipment Ltd have bought the area and have a mixed development planned for the site which planners claim would regenerate Bromborough Pool into a modern employed business town suitable for today’s requirements. The proposed plans involve building over 162 new homes with good transport links as well as new footpaths, cycle routes and a riverside walk to include a river restoration programme along with new tree planting, open spaces and the retention of listed buildings.
Planners claim that the regeneration will help to reduce the high amount of unemployment in the area and the jobs would provide work all year round across a range of skill levels. However, concerns have been raised about the level of contaminated land due to the area’s industrial past. The Environment Agency have confirmed that they were satisfied that the options available to treat the land will deal with the risks and planners claim the potential reduction of unemployment out weights the risks of removing the disused factory.
Consultations were held with the local community which resulted in more than 80% backing the redevelopment and almost 90% supporting the creation of new homes and riverside walk. The planning committee will meet on Thursday to decide the fate of the £35 million project however they have been recommended to grant planning permission.
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