Transformative vision for Cleveland Street Neighbourhood progresses to next phase

An ambitious vision to turn the Cleveland Street area into a family-friendly neighbourhood is moving to the next phase.

This second phase of engagement seeks opinions on the masterplan which has been developed for the area based on initial feedback from the public.

Residents and people who work in and visit the area are now being asked for their views on the ideas and designs being put forward based on that first stage of consultation.

The neighbourhood will be located south of the Wirral Waters development and north of Birkenhead Park, around the Cleveland Street area.

Indicative view of future Corporation Road

Chair of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration and Housing Committee, Cllr Tony Jones, said, “These are exciting proposals and I would urge everyone to take this opportunity to help us make the Cleveland Street area a desirable and attractive place live and work. The focus here is on making a place where people will be able to bring up their families.

“These plans also fit in with our wider ambitions for Birkenhead, Wirral Waters and the Left Bank – from Bromborough to New Brighton – and I would strongly encourage as many people as possible to use this chance right now to get involved in shaping our borough for the coming decades.”

The proposals, which have also been based on the emerging Local Plan and the Birkenhead 2040 Framework, include making a new neighbourhood with more than a thousand new homes, up to 60% of which will be family-sized with three or more bedrooms.

The masterplan being put forward aims to keep some of the existing employment sites as well as creating new business spaces on the ground floors of new residential buildings.

Indicative view of future Duke Street

There is also a focus on improving options for walking, cycling and public transport and improving the links between the neighbourhood, the dockland area, Birkenhead Park, and Birkenhead town centre.

To meet the expected demand the plans propose building a new primary school while also transforming Duke Street into west Birkenhead’s high street.

The designs aim to see a highly sustainable neighbourhood, designed in light of climate change and ready to make it easier for people to reduce their energy use.

You can view the Cleveland Street Masterplan in full or access an Executive Summary on the Have Your Say webpage

It is open for contributions until 24 October 2023. The report from the first phase of engagement can also be found in the Documents section.

Main image: Indicative view of future Brook Street

All images: MacCreanor Lavington, Landscape Projects, and Useful Projects

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