┬ú4.5bn Wirral Waters Development Planning Permission Granted
Planning permission has been granted for the UKΓÇÖs largest planning application ΓÇô paving the way for the 4.5bn Wirral Water scheme in Liverpool that will include 400,000sq m of office space to finally get underway.
After four years of planning and public consultation the scheme was backed unanimously by Wirral CouncilΓÇÖs planning committee, four local MPΓÇÖs and also secured the support of Liverpool Council. The Wirral Waters development will cover 1.7sq m in the area around the Birkenhead docks and be delivered over a 30-year period.
In addition to the vast amount of office space that will be created by the development, Wirral Waters will also deliver 60,000sq m of retail space, hotel and leisure space as well as an incredible 100,000sq m of culture, education, community and leisure space as part of the city-sized scheme.
Developer Peel Holdings expect the development to create more than 20,000 new jobs and 14,000 new homes in the currently derelict area around the WirralΓÇÖs Birkenhead docks.
Richard Mawdsley, Development Manager at Peel said:
ΓÇ£Endorsement by Wirral Council is a huge milestone for Wirral Waters. We are delighted with the result. The positive and unanimous outcome is a testament to true collaboration. A lot of hard work has taken place by a very large number of groups, organisations and individuals. The CommitteeΓÇÖs decision is a massive step-forward towards the delivery of what is a truly shared Vision – and one that can only improve the economic prospects of future generations. With this result we can be hopeful that Wirral WatersΓÇÖs wonΓÇÖt be called in however we can never be sureΓÇ¥.
Peel is also developing the ┬ú5.5 billion 150-acre Liverpool Waters scheme on the other side of the Mersey River, which encompasses areas of the cityΓÇÖs World Heritage Site and is still in the planning stage.