Wirral Waters apartments set for approval
A reserved matters application for Wirral Waters One, a 500-home project at East Float Dock in Peel’s Wirral Waters will be considered at planning committee next Thursday, with a recommendation for approval.
Along with an application for 430,000 sq ft of offices in a mixed-use creative industries quarter at Vittoria Studios East, the scheme was submitted in May for reserved matters, the two applications meeting the condition set at the granting of outline consent in 2012 over the phasing of development.
The apartment scheme is proposed by Peel Land & Property and Legacy, a company founded by footballers Rio Ferdinand, Mark Noble and Bobby Zamora. The JV said in October that it intends to start work on the Glenn Howells Architects-designed scheme next summer. Comprising a mix of 256 one-bedroom and 280 two-bedroom apartments, 20% of the scheme will be classed as affordable dwellings.
Turley’s planning statement said that is design terms, “the building façades utilise a mix of materials including corrugated sheet cladding and a pre-cast construction which will provide identity and character. Bold colours will complement the existing maritime environment.”
The project is funded by Aviva and also counts the council as a partner, Wirral having agreed a business case for the project at a cabinet meeting on 1 October.
Along with the apartments, the scheme includes supporting amenities and multi-use spaces, secure courtyards and public spaces billed as Festival Square and Duke Street Plaza
The site is bounded by Dock Road to the north, to the south by the dock edge and to the west by Duke Street, forming the western part of Wirral Waters’ Northbank quarter. Other parts of Northbank coming forward are the Belong dementia care facility and Urban Splash’s proposed modular scheme.
No major issues with the proposal are highlighted by statutory consultees, with the only potential sticking point being a notification from the council’s housing officer that depending on level of occupation, some apartments could fall below the threshold of the Nationally Described Space Standards, although Wirral has in any case not yet adopted NDSS.
The report notes however that “it must be recognised that the scheme is pioneering in terms of its scale and ambition in this part of Wirral; it is the first residential scheme to be delivered as part of the Wirral Waters scheme. It must be treated as such, recognising that it is seeking to deliver large-scale build to rent development in a part of Wirral with no existing build to rent or apartment-led housing market of note”.
The design team includes Parkinson Inc, the masterplanner for Wirral Waters, along with Glenn Howells Architects, Re-form Landscape Architects and Vectos Transport Consultants with Turley as planner.