Help shape the future of Birkenhead’s newest neighbourhood

24 February 2023
graphic saying "reimagine Cleveland street"

Ambitious plans to create a family friendly neighbourhood in Birkenhead are getting underway and you can help shape the proposals as they begin.

Wirral Council is outlining a vision to turn the Cleveland Street area, which is just south of the Wirral Waters development and north of Birkenhead Park, into more residential-focused neighbourhood and see hundreds of new homes built.

But it is important that we hear your views at this early stage about the proposals for the area.

The current draft Local Plan sets out the aspirations to build approximately 1,025 homes and create “a new high-quality residential led mixed-use neighbourhood with new public open space, a primary school and various public realm and building improvements.”

Chair of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration and Housing Committee, Cllr Tony Jones, said:

We are at the early stages of putting this proposal for Cleveland Street forward and we are really keen to gather as many views as possible to help us ensure we deliver the kind of neighbourhood people will want to live and work in.

This is an exciting time for Birkenhead and the whole of the Left Bank area and we are seeing real progress in delivering new regeneration for everyone in Wirral.

The key driver behind the plans is the ambition to create a new, high quality family neighbourhood located near all the services and facilities that residents need all within easy access of walking, cycling and public transport.

In recent months the council has been working with a design team including experts from Maccreanor Lavington, Landscape Projects and Useful Projects to develop the vision for the neighbourhood.

The proposals being put forward would see up to 60% of all the new homes being family size, with three or more bedrooms, with local services on the doorstep and improved links between the neighbourhood, Wirral Waters, Birkenhead Park, and Birkenhead Town Centre.

The aim is to ensure employment uses can coexist with the new homes and could also see new employment spaces on the ground floors of residential buildings.

The community would be supported by the building of a new primary school, a new neighbourhood park and transforming Duke Street into West Birkenhead’s high street.

The broader plans aim for a highly sustainable neighbourhood, designed with the impacts of climate change in mind, and to make it easier for people to reduce their energy use.

To take part in the consultation on the Cleveland Street area visit us in person at our pop-up engagement shop: BirkenEd’s Place, 8-10 Borough Pavement, Grange Precinct, Birkenhead, to give us your feedback.

Or take part in the online consultation, which remains open until 8th March 2023 at the HaveYourSay website.

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