Ion fleshes out 1,600-home Wirral plans
The developer’s Hind Street project will see 30 acres of Birkenhead town centre transformed into an urban neighbourhood.
Ion Property Developments and Wirral Council have launched a public consultation on the 1,600-home project, having signed an agreement for the delivery of the scheme last year.
The former industrial site, part of which is owned by Ion and part by the council, is identified in the Wirral Local Plan as the Hind Street Urban Garden Village Masterplan Area.
Under the proposals, the Queensway Tunnel flyovers would be removed and the Borough Road re-engineered in a bid to create an improved gateway to Birkenhead town centre.
Hind Street, designed by BDP, would also include a primary school, offices, shops, cafes and restaurants, healthcare facilities, hotels, and a multi-storey car park and mobility hub.
An area of green space billed as Birkenhead’s High Line and known as Dock Branch South also forms part of the proposals.
The park scheme will bring the disused Dock Branch railway line in Birkenhead to life, with the first phase creating a linear pedestrian- and cycle-friendly park between Tower Road and Argyle Street.
Steve Parry, managing director at Ion, said: “This development has the potential to deliver transformational benefits in Birkenhead and help to regenerate the wider town area.
“With such an aspirational and wide-ranging scheme, it is important that residents and stakeholders have their say”.
The public consultation will run until Tuesday 13 June. A planning application is due to be submitted this summer.
Residents can have their say on the plans by attending drop-in exhibitions at BirkenEd’s Place at 8-12 Borough Pavement, Grange Precinct on Friday 19 May between 12pm – 6pm and Saturday 20 May between 10am – 2pm.
The launch of the Hind Street consultation follows hot on the heels of more positive regeneration news in Wirral, announced earlier this week.
Wirral Council acquired more than 500,000 sq ft of retail space, located on the opposite side of the road from Ion’s scheme, to unlock the next phases of Birkenhead’s regeneration.