The largest planning application ever submitted in the UK, which could take 30 years to construct, is a step closer to being released after Wirral Council passed the proposal.
The site, known as Wirral Waters, is an 1.67M.m2 regeneration proposal that has been designed by Wirral Council and infrastructure group Peel.
The derelict brownfield site at Birkenhead docks is to be transformed into a multi-purpose site that it is hoped will rejuvenate the economic fortunes of Birkenhead and Wallasey.
Wirral Council leader, Jeff Green, said: “This is a fantastic day for the people of Birkenhead and Wallasey and the future of Wirral.
“We can now look forward to the site’s transformation over the coming years to help improve the economic fortunes of the borough and that of its residents.”
Cllr Andrew Hodson, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy, said: “This is a great day for Wirral. We have been working closely with Peel for almost four years to bring jobs and regeneration to the borough.”
He said the “total transformation” of the site could create up to 20,000 jobs.
“This has taken place against a backdrop of the worst recession in living memory and it is a credit to both Peel and Wirral Council that we have kept the plans moving.”
The plans must now be approved by the Government and Peel hopes to start on the site by 2012.