Investing in places
Wirral Council is committed to investing in places and is guided by the Local Development Framework (LDF).
The Local Development Framework
The Local Development Framework (LDF) is a collection of "new-style" statutory Local Development documents that together set out the vision and spatial strategy for the future development of the Borough. The LDF will gradually replace the "old-style" Unitary Development Plan (UDP) that was adopted in February 2000.
Birkenhead and Wirral Waters Integrated Regeneration Study
A comprehensive study was commissioned in 2009 to produce a high level strategy for Birkenhead and the surrounding areas including Wirral Waters. The study will highlight a number of action areas for the Investment Strategy. These will be taken forward through relevant statutory processes and will be subject to consultation.
New Growth Point funding was awarded to a partnership of Wirral Council, Liverpool City Council and Peel Holdings in July 2008. A joint Programme of Development was submitted in October 2008 and agreed by Communities and Local Government in December 2008.
The Growth Point programme is focused on turning the Mersey Heartlands area into a vibrant, innovative, sustainable, leading regional location; providing a stimulus for the longer term economic and housing growth and re-populating the Inner Core of the Liverpool City Region.
Wirral Waters is a private sector development by Peel Holdings. The £4.5billion scheme has full planning permission and received the final go ahead from Government in December 2010. Peel Holdings first announced their 'vision' for the Birkenhead and Wallasey Docklands in September 2006 and it has taken four years to achieve full planning consent.
The Hydraulic Tower was the first ‘early win’ phase of Wirral Waters. The proposal for a hotel, restaurant and conference facilities was approved in 2008.
North Bank East was the second phase of the Wirral Waters proposal and consisted of a full and outline planning application for a mixed use development including 1673 residential units, offices and ancillary retail. The application was recommended approved in August 2009.
The larger East Float scheme was submitted in December 2009 and is a major mixed use development to create a series of quarters: Sky City and the Point, Vittoria Studios, Marina View and Four Bridges and North Bank West. Over a 30-50 year period this will deliver over 400,000sqm of commercial space, 13,500 residential units, retail and cultural development and provide over 20,000 jobs.
The Council’s objectives for Wirral Waters are to provide major job growth in the heart of the most deprived neighbourhoods, a new exemplar sustainable community which integrates with adjoining areas and complements the sub-region.
More details of the development can be viewed at Peel Holdings' Wirral Waters website.
Mersey Dee Alliance
The Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA) was born out of the recognition of shared economic and community interests across the West Cheshire, Wirral and North East Wales Area. The Alliance is led by the local authorities of Cheshire West & Chester, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wirral, Wrexham, and the Welsh Assembly Government plus Merseytravel and the North West Development Agency.
The partnership recognises that the area represents a single economic sub-region with a population of approximately 930,000 which is divided by a national boundary. Partners agree to work together on common strategic interests to sustain the economic future of the travel-to-work area, and facilitate a coherent approach to social, economic and environmental issues.
More details can be viewed on the Mersey Dee Alliance website.