A Wirral councillor is worried plans for 115 new houses provide too much parking.
The 115 houses would be built off Dock Road North next to the Port Sunlight River Park in Bromborough if an application by Asteer Planning LLP is approved. 42 of the houses will be affordable with a mix of two- and three-bedroom houses.
The development would be built on the banks of the Dibbinsdale Brook and is considered to be previously developed brownfield land. This would mean that if approved, it would contribute to Wirral’s housing supply for the next two decades as Wirral Council looks to focus on brownfield development.
However, Bromborough councillor Jo Bird said she has a number of concerns with the plans including too much parking being provided and a lack of other options. At this point in time, she said she doesn’t support or oppose the application.
She said, “The biggest problem is the lack of alternatives to car transport and the lack of walking and cycling access to the site. It’s a massive cul-de-sac with only one way in or out.”
She added, “The more parking that is provided for free, the more cars that come but with more cars, that comes with the pollution. It needs more than a sticking plaster, it needs better design so other forms of transport are easier than a private car.”
According to planning application documents, it is “situated in a highly sustainable and accessible location and will make best use of underutilised brownfield land.” The documents also said the new streets will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists with key views of the surrounding area.
A planning statement said the scheme is “sensitively designed to integrate with the new developments within the vicinity of the site, positively responding to the character and appearance of the area through the delivery of the new, high-quality residential development.”
Cllr Bird has asked Asteer to consider walking and cycling access near the Dibbinsdale Brooke and another going into Shore Drive and address concerns about congestion which she said were “small adjustments that wouldn’t affect the viability of the application.”
However, she said: “There’s a lot of good things about this application. It would bring more affordable housing and there’s way too many people on the council waiting list so that’s very welcome. People need good affordable homes to live in and that is a significant advantage of this application.”
A representative from Lovell Homes, said, “Collaboration and working in partnership with local authorities and communities is always central to the Lovell Homes approach. We are passionate about delivering the best possible solution to turn this disused, brownfield site into a secure and thriving community.
“We are in the very early stages of the planning process but look forward to consultation with
the local authorities to provide much-needed high-quality and affordable homes to the area.”
Image: The site that could become 115 new homes. Credit: GOOGLE