The site was previously earmarked for employment uses but no viable scheme came forward. Credit: via Aew Architects

Wirral forges ahead with redevelopment of former MoD site 

A 19-acre site off Old Hall Road in Bromborough is the subject of plans for around 250 homes lodged by the local council. 

Wirral Council wants to redevelop the former Ministry of Defence site into homes as part of its brownfield first approach to housing delivery. 

The site, used as an oil storage depot by the MoD until the early 2000s, is allocated for residential redevelopment under Wirral’s emerging local plan. 

Designed by Aew Architects, the project comprises up to 250 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses as well as public open space,  

Barton Willmore, now Stantec, is advising the council on its proposals. 

The consultant said the site “presents a prime opportunity for future placemaking development that makes best use of the site’s sustainable location and can contribute towards the housing needs of the borough over the next five years”. 

The site, which has been vacant for 15 years, was previously earmarked for an employment scheme but a viable development has not come forward despite grant funding from Homes England to remediate the site. 

The project was previously being progressed by Wirral Growth Company, the council’s 50:50 joint venture with Muse Developments. However, the scheme is now being brought forward by the council alone. 

A neighbouring 18-acre site, owned by Riverside Park, could be redeveloped into 283 homes. Plans for the that scheme were lodged in 2020 but have not yet been decided. 

Wirral Council declined to comment.

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No industrial uses came forward mainly because the site has not been actively marketed and there has been no form of advertising board on it! If you placed this site on the market today, there would be multiple industrial investors interested in acquiring

By Harold

Good to see a sensible use of Brownfield sites for residential use rather than the recent large scale proposals to develop swathes of our precious green belt.

By Anonymous

Given the huge problems we face over climate change (and this will only grow) wouldn’t it be sensible if all new build, such as this, have to have solar panels built in to the roofs as well as increased insulation in the houses etc??

By Wirral resident

Good news for the Wirral and the East of Cheshire.

By West Kirby Queen

West Kirby Queen…I don’t know how it will actually benefit West Cheshire, but it’s welcome news for Wirral and the east of Cheshire.

By Heswall

Absolutely FANTASTIC news for residents of Eastham and Bromborough who already find access to schools dentists Drs hard enough. So much building has gone on around Bromborough and Eastham with no new infrastructure.

By Anonymous

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