Wirral Council has approved a £30m residential scheme in Rock Ferry, and has issued a call for brownfield sites to be brought forward as part of the Local Plan “to help protect Wirral’s green belt”.
As part of the creation of Wirral’s Local Plan which will guide development to 2035, the council has said it is aiming for zero green belt release, and is instead targeting an increase in housing and employment in areas such as Birkenhead and Wallasey.
A consultation is under way until 23 March which seeks the public’s views of the council’s proposed options for land use, which also includes development at Wirral Waters.
Meanwhile in Rock Ferry, which sits within Birkenhead, housing provider Torus has been granted approval for 186 homes on 20 acres of land formerly occupied by Rock Ferry High School.
The development is made up of 102 extra care apartments, including eight within the grade two-listed Ravenswood Hall, plus 76 houses which will be available through shared ownership or affordable rent.
The Pozzoni-designed project will see Torus team up with Anwyl Partnerships to deliver the units.
The planner for the development is Mosaic Town Planning.
Chris Bowen, managing director of Torus Developments, said: “As an organisation, we passionately believe in the power of place and creating homes people can enjoy for many years.
“We are delighted to be able to invest £30 million into Rock Ferry. This level of investment is transformative for neighbourhoods as well as giving a strong boost to the Wirral economy.”
Leon Armstrong, director of Mosaic Town Planning, said: “This will be a vital regeneration scheme for Rock Ferry, providing care and affordable provision to those in need.
“As the Council now claims that its needs can be met without the loss of Green Belt in the emerging plan, it is imperative that support is given to the redevelopment of brownfield sites, even where these prove to be contentious.”
Elsewhere in the borough, Bellway Homes’ proposed 257-home development in Moreton, on the site of the former Burtons Biscuits factory, was deferred so that further information can be provided to Natural England.
The scheme had been recommended for approval prior to the planning committee meeting.
SATPLAN, APD and Pozzoni advised on the hybrid application.