Future of Wirral’s Woodside under the spotlight
Around 1,700 homes, two hotels, and a major tourist attraction all feature in a vision drawn up for the waterside location.
Underpinned by £23m of government funding for improving public realm and enhancing connectivity between the waterfront and Birkenhead town centre, the Woodside masterplan forms part of Wirral Council’s concerted effort to regenerate the Left Bank area of the peninsula.
A consultation on the vision for Woodside, drawn up for the council and BDP, is now live.
View the consultation – https://haveyoursay.wirral.gov.uk/woodside-masterplan
Cllr Tony Jones, chair of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration and Housing Committee, said: “The Woodside Masterplan is another vital piece in the wider regeneration of Birkenhead and the Left Bank area of Wirral.
“This is a chance for people to have a look at the ideas being put forward and tell us what they think. We have secured considerable funding for regeneration and we want to press ahead but it is vital that the regeneration works for the people of this borough – so please use this chance to tell us your thoughts about these proposals so we can make sure this meets the needs of those who ought to benefit the most from it.”
He added that “no final decisions have been made” and that the consultation on the proposal “shows the scale of our ambitious regeneration programme for Wirral”.
According to the masterplan, the future Woodside neighbourhood could include 1,700 homes and a pair of hotels.
In addition, the vision features proposals for a tourist attraction centred around the historic German U-534 submarine, more than 100,000 sq ft of commercial uses, and two multi-storey car parks.
The largest single development plot within the masterplan area is Woodside Business Park, owned by Peel Waters, according to the masterplan.
The Child Support Agency Building and the Land Registry building also present future development opportunities.
Wirral’s emerging local plan designates the Woodside area as a “mixed-use cultural riverside quarter with superb visitor attractions”.
The consultation runs until 4 March 2024.