Plans submitted to build 1,200 new homes on a brownfield site next to River Mersey as well as a new riverside promenade. Tony McDonough reports
Development vehicle Bromborough Riverside Regeneration has submitted outline plans to build 1,200 new homes on a brownfield site in Wirral, next to the River Mersey.
Bromborough Wharf would include family homes, apartments and would offer a number of affordable homes. Plans also include purpose-built accommodation for elderly people and a new riverside promenade.
Location for the development is land off Dock Road South in Bromborough. It has been identified in the latest draft of Wirral Council’s Local Plan as a preferable place to deliver a new community. Construction would be delivered by Black Pearl Homes.
It will offer green and public open spaces, new planting, woodland and landscaping throughout the development. This would include community greens, play areas, and streets lined with trees.
There will be improved access to the nearby Port Sunlight River Park and Eastham Country Park. Electric vehicle charging points will be installed across the development. And there will be a new bus route and walking and cycling provision.
A public consultation on the plans found strong community support for opening up a new riverside promenade and delivering a new flexible community space at the site.
Feedback also highlighted a need to provide a range of housing types as part of the scheme. These included affordable and first-time buyer homes, larger family homes, apartments and accommodation for older people.
Bjorn Martenson, director at Black Pearl Homes, said: “This is an important milestone for creating Bromborough Wharf. The support from our public consultation has been really encouraging and helped us shape our vision.
“We will continue to work with local residents and stakeholders to make sure that we not only meet housing needs but deliver a scheme that creates a legacy of community benefit for Bromborough.”
Family-run investment and development company Grammont Group, is backing the scheme. Subject to the approval of the two outline planning applications detailed applicators will then be prepared.
Nick Uzel, managing director at Grammont Group, added: “This is a unique opportunity to transform a derelict site and provide a housing offer that will meet local needs and also attract people from further afield to live in Bromborough.