Peel Land & Property is close to unveiling plans for the Ellesmere Quays residential development in Ellesmere Port, according to David Thompson, development manager.
Peel owns 220 acres in the town including 70 acres of waterfront brownfield land on the Manchester Ship Canal where the Ellesmere Quays development would take place.
Architects Taylor Young are advising Peel on the plans, which could include up to 5,500 homes with complementary commercial, retail and leisure space.
Thompson said the Ellesmere Quays project could help act as a gateway to the west Cheshire town, linking the waterfront with the town centre. The site is next to the historic docks conservation area including National Waterways Museum.
Peel is working with Cheshire West & Chester Council and stakeholders including the Waterways Trust on the plans.
Thompson said announcements would be made shortly about Ellesmere Quays and consultation would begin with partners, residents and businesses in the area.
At a separate Ellesmere Port site, Rossfield Park, Peel has already sold parcels to Persimmon and Wainhomes who have built 130 homes between them in phase one.
Thompson was speaking at the Ellesmere Port Development Update breakfast event co-hosted by Place North West and Cheshire West & Chester Council. The event was sponsored by Pochin, Places Matter! and Marketing Projects.
Thompson said there are 56 acres at Rossfield Park with 18 allocated in the 2002 local plan for residential development. There is outline consent for 500 units and an application is live with the council for another 205 units.
Also speaking at the event, attended by more than 100 property folk and held at the National Waterways Museum, were Robert Mee, chairman, Ellesmere Port Development Board and Andy Delaney, director of Colliers International.
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Mee said that Colliers and DTZ were working on development frameworks for driving development activity and job creation in the town, including industrial and residential opportunities. Details would be published later in the year. Mee added that the imminent opening of the new West Cheshire College facility for 10,000 students, along with relocated Epic leisure centre and a new academy school on site were signs the town was improving its offer.
Delaney presented the early findings of the study he is working on of employment sites around junctions 9 and 10 of the M53. A green technology park is proposed and talks are at an early stage with EA Technology to relocate its head office to the park from Capenhurst. He said the area has ready-made clusters of petro-chemicals and advanced manufacturing firms such as Shell, Unenco and GM Vauxhall and Airbus at Broughton 10 miles away. And land is cheaper than comparable areas at £100,000 an acre.