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£4.5bn planning bid for Birkenhead

Peel Group has submitted what it claims is the UK’s biggest planning application - the £4.5 billion Wirral Waters scheme.

The firm, which operates City of Manchester Airport, is seeking to build a high-density and partial high-rise development to provide 13,000 homes at Birkenhead Docks on Merseyside.

The project will be delivered in stages over the next few decades, and is expected to provide more than 4,000 construction jobs over the life of the scheme.

Peel has worked with Wirral Council, representatives from the community and other stakeholders during the last three years to develop the proposal. It aims to lift the local economy and regenerate deprived areas around the docks.

Development director at Peel Lindsey Ashworth said: “It is Peel’s belief that Birkenhead Docks has huge potential in so many ways and Wirral Waters together with Liverpool Waters will completely transform the way the western end of the north west goes about its business.

“It will redress the imbalance of the region and create what I would describe as a new super region that will further strengthen this as a destination for international business and as a place to live.”

Peel hopes the application will be considered by Wirral Council’s Planning Committee in the spring of 2010.

Readers' comments (2)

  • While Peel own Liverpool Airport, it is misleading to suggest they may own Manchester Airport. 'City of Manchester Airport' is a small airfield (and not even in the City of Manchester).

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  • I'm not sure that it's misleading exactly, after all that's the name that Peel use on their own website.

    I am surprised that NCE has chosen that particular fact though. Surely more relevant is the ownership of Liverpool Airport, their application for Liverpool Waters (vaguely mentioned within the article), or their massive development of Mediacity.

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