Council puts 19-acre plot, earmarked for housing, on the block

Former MoD site, ringed in red

Wirral Council is selling a 19-acre site in Bromborough with outline planning permission for 249 new homes.

The former MoD site at Old Hall Road is being brought to market by Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), on behalf of the council.

The sale is of part of a wider disposal programme being undertaken by the council as it seeks to release new land for employment and residential uses.

Despite being allocated within the adopted unitary development plan (UDP) as an employment site, no subsequent employment development has been forthcoming and conversion to residential use has been reflected within the emerging Wirral Local Plan.

The site, which is situated on the southern edge of the Wirral – some five miles south of Birkenhead, six miles south of Liverpool and 11 miles north of Chester – has been vacant for 20 years, having previously been used as a fuel storage facility by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). It also sits on the edge of the Wirral International Business Park, which is home to a range of international, local and national operators and logistics providers.

Wirral Council, supported by funding from Homes England, has partially remediated the site following the demolition of the MoD storage facility in 2010/11.

Charles McLean, the National Land Director of LSH, said: “The Wirral has experienced an historic undersupply of new houses and there continues to be a desperate need for new homes. We expect strong interest from both regional and national housebuilders.”

Further opportunities for residential development will follow with a strong focus on delivering affordable housing and meeting housing needs within the local authority area.

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