Wirral Council plans to deliver 1,600 new homes to create an entirely new neighbourhood by 2035.
The Hind Street Urban Village is an ambitious plan to create new shops, a primary school, hotels, and new public spaces alongside the new homes in what is currently derelict industrial land behind Birkenhead Central Station.
The project is part of the local authority’s plans to completely change Birkenhead removing two flyovers that currently lead to the Birkenhead Tunnel and Borough Road. It will also run alongside the edge of the proposed Dock Branch park.
The development will be divided up into eight different areas and some buildings could be as tall as seven stories. This is over 26.27 hectares, the equivalent of 49 football pitches, with four new public squares proposed called Haymarket, Central Square, Village Square, and Mollington Square.
A consultation where people could have their say on the plans finished on 13 June which will be considered before a final report is produced. Following this, Wirral Council is currently looking at where the new scheme could have an impact on the environment.
An application related to the development said, “The community and commercial uses are proposed to be predominantly located to the north of the proposed development to complement and interface with the regeneration of the town centre, serving both the new residential community at Hind Street and the wider Birkenhead population.
“The proposed development is proposed to be split across five phases and primarily include demolition of the existing buildings and structures and construction of residential houses and apartments as well as ancillary uses.
“The enabling works are proposed to take place mid 2024 with the first construction of new homes anticipated to commence quarter two (July to September) of 2025. It is anticipated all new homes will be completed by 2035.”
A planning application further detailing the plans for the site is expected in the summer of 2023.
Main image: The Hind Street urban village, one of the many council projects Wirral Council is hoping to deliver. Credit: Wirral Council