Keepmoat Houses

Keepmoat progresses Birkenhead housing plan

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Wirral Council is set to approve plans by Keepmoat for 178 homes at Beaufort Road in Birkenhead, the latest site to come forward as part of a long-running development agreement.

The plot is nearly 10-acre, and sits between a railway line, Beaufort Road, Lincoln Street and Birkenhead North train station car park. The brownfield land was formerly a residential estate, which was demolished several years ago.

In a report to Wirral’s planning committee, the council described the location as “somewhat desolate with the current site contributing negatively to the overall character of the area”.

The land is owned by the council, and will be sold to Keepmoat as part of the development.

However, the council said the “viability of the scheme is finely balanced with significant remediation required”, while in Keepmoat’s planning documents the housebuilder said “widespread contamination” had been found.

Due to “negative land value”, funding from Homes England is required to deliver the project, and there will eb no affordable housing provided as part of the scheme.

The houses will include off-street parking, with a mix of detached and semi-detached properties, based around 11 different housing design types which Keepmoat uses across its developments.

Beaufort Road is the fourth site to be progressed under an agreement exchanged with Wirral Council in 2011, which related to the Birkenhead North regeneration area, a former housing renewal pathfinder.

Keepmoat was selected as the council’s preferred development partner, giving the housebuilder an option over a number of other council-owned sites in the area. Keepmoat has developed three phases, the last being 53 units at Tyrer Street which completed in 2018, near to Beaufort Road.

The project was designed by Twenty 10.

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