Wirral approves 466 Bromborough homes
Two brownfield sites could become a neighbourhood now that planning applications from Riverside Park and the local authority have been greenlit.
The approvals were made at Wirral Council’s strategic applications subcommittee on Thursday.
The applications centred on two adjacent sites. The first is known as Riverside Park and sits off Southwood Road. The park currently has three office buildings, which would be demolished under the plans from developer Riverside Park Ltd.
Pegasus Group submitted the outline planning application for up to 217 residential units, including apartments, on the site. Around 70% of the homes would have three or more bedrooms.
Under designs by architect Paddock Johnson Partnership, this 18-acre plot could also have 4,300 sq ft of play space.
The proposal also calls for approximately 20% affordable housing to be provided, pending a vacant building credit.
Access to the site would be from two new priority-controlled junctions on Riverwood Road.
Darren Muir, an associate planner at Pegasus, called the approval of the Riverside Park application an “essential part of Wirral Council’s preferred housing strategy.”
He continued: “As the Wirral Local Plan examination approaches, many more sites like this will need to come forward and demonstrate deliverability.”
Muir said Pegasus was delighted by the planning committee results.
“This follows several years of hard work from a large project team,” he said.
“The application was supported by a Design Code and masterplan prepared by Paddock Johnson and sets the parameters for a truly sustainable new neighbourhood,” Muir continued.
“We now look forward to hopefully working with the end-user through the reserved matters stage to see these homes delivered.”
Next to Riverside Park is the similarly sized former Ministry of Defence site. Wirral Council now has permission to move forward with plans to build up to 249 homes on the brownfield site, which had also been home to an oil storage depot in the past. The plot has been vacant for 15 years.
Wirral Council’s proposals call for an acre of amenity green space, and more than a half-acre of play area. Stantec, formerly known as Barton Willmore, was the planning consultant for the local authority on the development.
Like the Riverside Park scheme, the project would have 20% of homes designated as affordable. The vast majority of homes would also have three or more bedrooms, according to designs by Aew Architects.
Access to the site would be from two new priority-controlled junctions from Old Hall Road, with a third access point from Warren Lane – the road connecting the plot to the Riverside scheme.
Both Riverside and the former MoD site would have a buffer zone to the rear of the sites, which would have woodland.
For those interested in learning about the MoD site plans, the application reference number is DPP4/22/01080. Those intrigued by the Riverside scheme can find out more using application reference number OUT/20/01881.