Artists Drawing of what a Leverhulme Avenue could look like

The plans are for a 25-acre site. Credit: via Mason Media

Leverhulme cues up eighth application

A consultation starts today on the estate’s plans for 240 homes in Greasby, part of a 1,038-home Wirral masterplan.

This part of the Leverhulme Estate’s plan is for housing east of Rigby Drive in Greasby.

The estate said that as with the previous proposals, the largest of which is for 290 homes near Irby, the Greasby site will house a broad range of housing types, including flats, family homes and bungalows.

Leverhulme said 30% of the scheme will be affordable.

The 25-acre plans would feature areas of public open space including a community park offering expansive views from the highest part of the site, along with new safe walking and cycling routes – in all, around 25% of the proposed development would be public, green or open space.

Leverhulme said that in addition, it will plant woodland to expand Greasby copse and create new grassland habitats and hedgerows on estate land to the south-west.

The Greasby proposals fit within The Leverhulme Vision, published in 2021, to create “highly attractive living environments” complementing the existing urban area.

Nigel McGurk, head of land and planning for Leverhulme, said: “High quality housebuilding has a crucial role to play in the local economy and there is a need to deliver new homes of all shapes, sizes and tenures in Wirral.

“All new homes should be energy efficient and help to support economically and environmentally resilient communities.

“The Leverhulme Vision provides a deliverable plan that will help to meet these needs, providing local people in Wirral with opportunities to live in beautiful and sustainable communities.”

Nigel McGurk of Leverhulme

Nigel McGurk said the scale of the estate’s holdings gives it a unique opportunity to provide homes and other benefits. Credit: via Mason Media

Last week, plans by landscape architect Barnes Walker for a Sustainable Alternative Natural Greenspace – a permissible use for Green Belt land – were revealed for a 56-acre plot between Pensby and Barnston village. The plans include 3.26km of pathways.

McGurk added: “Leverhulme is unique in that the scale of the Estate’s landholding – over 5,000 acres – enables us to deliver the homes that people need on small areas of land while delivering multiple other benefits, opening up our countryside, creating new cycleways and footpaths and enhancing biodiversity and habitats.”

The consultation is now live online.

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Much needed new homes in West Wirral. And exactly the sort of site(s) that should be allocated by the current Local Plan process. The current draft Local Plan effectively proposes no new build residential in West Wirral over the plan period… what a nonsense.


Falling population on the Wirral. Vast expanse of brownfield sites yet the council are allowing consideration of Greenbelt being built on. Where does this sit with the Green agenda ? I am all for progress and supporting development but decisions and plans like this is political madness.

By Anonymous

The latest census data made it pretty obvious that, in relative terms, Cheshire West was enabling housebuilding and The Wirral wasn’t. This is good news.

By Rich X

What awful old fashioned designs, why not build modern homes? Where’s the solar panels, electric car charging, garages fit for modern cars and grey water use? This isn’t the 1930s we need homes fit for purpose not tweet rose tinted throw backs.

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