Wirral Council has approved plans for 500 one and two-bedroom apartments at Wirral Waters, 100 of which will be ‘affordable.’
It will be the first residential development from Peel Land and Property on the former East Float dock.
With planning now granted, Peel say they are keen to get work underway but warn ‘there is still work to do to satisfy the many conditions of the transaction and the procurement regulations that have been imposed before the start of work on site.’
A spokesperson for Peel Land and Property, said: ‘This is a really important step in the planning process and means that we are another step closer to making these 500 new homes a reality.
‘We are very eager to get on site now, however, we still have several legal obstacles and conditions to overcome. We are working hard to satisfy these conditions so that we can move this project forward and get the build underway.
‘This will be the first residential development at Wirral Waters and, with a very high standard of design quality and sustainability, it will make Wirral Waters an incredible place to live and will be a benchmark for future residential developments.’
Wirral Council leader, Cllr Phil Davies, said: ‘The approval of this planning application represents a major breakthrough for Wirral Waters and will play a significant part in helping us to deliver new housing.
‘We are seeing huge confidence in Wirral as an area to invest in at the moment. Our plans for regeneration throughout the borough are gaining momentum and I believe this will help kick-start further development on one of Wirral’s key regeneration sites.’
In July, Wirral South MP Alison McGovern criticised Peel Land and Property for slow progress on the project, which was first mooted over eight years ago.
In a letter to the property company, she wrote: ‘You own the land, whilst there are many families on the social housing waiting list. For eight years, you haven’t developed it, and residents in Wirral are waiting for the new homes their council agreed.
‘Many of them are angry that the Wirral Waters development has seen such little progress towards building new homes.
‘I simply ask that you do the decent thing. Help us put a roof over people’s heads or get out of the way and let someone else do it.’