Wirral Council has suggested that the £5.21m funding awarded for the project involving the Rosebrae Land Registry building at Woodside will be distributed to other projects in the Liverpool City Region.
The scheme would have needed to be delivered by March 2025 in order for the funding agreement with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to stand.
A Wirral Council spokesperson said, “Rose Brae is within the Woodside Masterplan area where considerable work on infrastructure and redevelopment of the area is soon to start.
“Rose Brae is currently used by Land Registry however the site remains a key location for potential development but this cannot go ahead until the current tenants are ready to move. It is anticipated the council will be involved in this site’s redevelopment in the future and a subsequent round of funding may be sought to support this.
“Wirral Council will secure all funding possible to support the borough’s regeneration but it would not be appropriate to attempt to keep allocations tied to schemes that the council no longer plans to move forward with inside the requisite timescales and thereby deprive other locations of access to the funds.”
In another regeneration project, Peel Waters has said that work is ongoing to deliver a £4m project for 200 homes at Scott’s Quay in Seacombe.
While not directly involved, Wirral Council said it understood that “discussions are ongoing between Peel and the Combined Authority about options to ensure that this funding is secured within the Wirral Waters regeneration area.”
Wirral Council was awarded more funding recently for further brownfield development with £2.3m given to demolish the North and South Annexes from Wallasey Town Hall. This money needs to be spent by 2027 but work is set to begin demolishing the buildings on 4 February, to ready it for future development.