BirkenEd’s Place – w/c 10th July

18th July 2023

Last week in BirkenEd’s Place, we delivered community engagement for the Northside and Scotts Quay projects that form part of the Birkenhead 2040 framework. The framework identifies these areas by Dock Road as key locations. We have already had some valuable conversations regarding both projects with shop visitors and already existing business owners in the Northside area. Northside aims to enhance and intensify an existing industrial area, whilst Scotts Quay involves the ongoing development of housing for Wirral residents.

Northside Regeneration Area has been identified as a key location underpinning the Wirral employment land strategy that has the potential to accommodate new modern and intensified employment space. Northside could also support the relocation of industrial uses from other neighbourhoods across the urban area. It is a critical neighbourhood supporting the wider regeneration Birkenhead 2040 Framework, ensuring that businesses are, where possible, not displaced from Birkenhead. The Northside Regeneration Area lying between Dock Road and the Kingsway Tunnel approach is strategically located, benefitting from direct access to the M53 Motorway. It is an existing area of employment uses, some of which are underutilised, and vacant contaminated sites capable of remediation. Northside falls within the Liverpool City Region Freeport area which provides a number of incentives to encourage new development and job creation.

The Scotts Quay regeneration area is located in a highly prominent position next to the River Mersey, alongside Birkenhead Road (A554) and Dock Road (A5139) in Seacombe, and is less than two miles from Junction 1 of the M53 motorway. Birkenhead Town Centre is approximately 1.5 miles to the south and the site is adjacent to the Twelve Quays Ferry Terminal and Wirral Waters development. The areas which neighbour the site have already undergone some redevelopment, such as improved transport links and the new Eureka attraction. There are some homes already located in the area, and also some businesses such as United Molasses. There is also some derelict land. The site benefits from views across to Liverpool and has the potential to become a really pleasing location which is highly desirable and safe for young families.

These projects will be on display until 22nd July. If you can’t visit in time, you can have your say on Northside via the online consultation here until 6th September.

Next week, we’ll be engaging on Dock Branch – an exciting project that has been incredibly popular in BirkenEd’s! As well as creating a new linear park with walking and cycling routes, the Dock Branch project involves plans to create a new well-connected green neighbourhood in central Birkenhead with the potential to deliver around 1,200 new homes. We have already engaged on this project before in the shop, so in this phase of engagement, we’ll be feeding back what we’ve heard so far and sharing the masterplan draft.

Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers and to all who have supported us in delivering our Northside and Scotts Quay engagement this week – Louisa Hughes, Jay Orritt, Eloise de la Vaissiere, Kate Pierce, Colin Irlam, and Chris Wohlers.

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