The shopping centre would be significantly remodelled as part of plans to improve retail, street and pedestrian areas and build new apartments in the Wirral town.
Wirral Council is to launch a consultation on Monday on its proposals to invigorate Liscard town centre, one of Wirral’s main shopping areas.
The consultation, which opens on 12 October and runs until 2 November, includes proposals to:
- remodel the Cherry Tree Shopping Centre, working with the centre owner
- improve retail and pedestrianised space, potentially for outdoor food and drink, as well as community and cultural events
- build residential apartments,
- develop a new ‘anchor’ food retail store,
- provide a multi-level car parking facility
The plans are part of the council’s 20-year vision to regenerate a stretch of land along the Wirral Peninsula, taking in areas such as Liscard, Seacombe, New Brighton, Birkenhead, New Ferry and Bromborough and called the ‘Left Bank’ development framework, as revealed by Place North West this summer.
The revamp of the Cherry Tree shopping centre and surrounding area come under a 15-year masterplan for Liscard that sits within the overarching Left Bank roadmap.
Other proposals set out in the Cherry Tree consultation include improving the road network and one-way gyratory around the town, with scope to provide more space for walking, cycling and better public transport connectivity “to create a safer, calmer and more attractive town centre”, according to the council.
Several sites are earmarked for potential housing development to create a renewed “urban village”. And members of the public are being asked to put forward suggestions for improving public spaces, for example through a redesign of Liscard Way with new paving, better lighting, modernised street furniture, more greenery and the potential to create a civic square.
Cllr Anita Leech, chair of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration and Development Committee, said: “We would like to hear what local people think of our ideas, so that we can develop a final masterplan for the town centre that improves the experience of residents, businesses and visitors, ensuring it is a town centre fit for the future.”
She added: “Community and business input is a vital part of this process so we know we are on the right path to deliver the environment, facilities and public spaces where our local people want to live, work and invest.”
The masterplan and consultation are being financed by the Liverpool City Region Town Centre Fund and is part of a £500,000 programme of investment for Liscard that is delivering additional projects to revitalise the town centre.