The proposed removal of flyovers to enable regeneration south of Birkenhead town centre has been welcomed by Ion Developments, a key landholder in the area.
Ion acquired a three-acre site around the former Birkenhead Town station as part of a three-site purchase from the liquidators of the late Bill Davies’ Walton Group in 2017.
Earlier this month, Wirral Council said that having taken control of land in the area from the Homes & Communities Agency, it is in a position to remove the flyovers, parts of which were taken down in the 1990s, and progress development on what has long been a derelict stretch of land to the south of Birkenhead town centre.
Steve Parry, Ion’s managing director, said: “Since the purchase of the former Birkenhead Town Station site 18 months ago, Ion has been developing a vision to create a new neighbourhood in Birkenhead in parallel with the council’s other work in the town with the Wirral Growth Company.
“Our vision has been based upon integrating the Hind Street area with the remainder of the town centre, and the removal of the flyovers is fundamental to this. We are now pleased to hear that the council are adopting our vision as the way forward for this area and we look forward to working together to create this new neighbourhood.”
The Wirral Growth Company is the joint venture between the local authority and Muse, which was selected in February 2018 as development partner. In July 2018, council leader Phil Davies named Birkenhead town centre as a priority for the JV, with plans for a creative quarter, market, leisure scheme and residential, along with a commercial office district around Europa Boulevard.
The Hind Street area is of particular interest to the council in providing land for brownfield residential development on a site that has good access to two stations, in Birkenhead Central and Green Lane, reducing pressure to increase housing numbers in greener areas. Wirral believes that hundreds of dwellings could be brought forward.
Parry concluded: “Birkenhead is a key focus for Ion – we feel it is the right time to move the town forward and contribute to the future economic resurgence of the area. New sustainable housing is just one of the key components that will drive Birkenhead’s renaissance.”