Earlier this year, Wirral Council’s Cabinet signed off a business plan drawn up by the Wirral Growth Company – a joint venture between the authority and Muse Developments – for the site.
The redevelopment proposes about 280,000 sq ft of office space, 36,000 sq ft of retail space, a revitalised Birkenhead Market, a civic hub and improved bus station.
A planning application is expected in June.
However, before that the joint venture has submitted a request for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion. This is to consider what information should be included in the final EIA.
The report looks at a host of topics, including transport, townscape, cultural heritage and climate change, among others. Set to be considered later this year, it marks the latest stage of the huge project and will help shape the final application.
Contracts were signed to officially establish the Wirral Growth Company a year ago, after it was revealed that Muse Developments had been selected as the preferred bidder.
Birkenhead town centre is the joint venture’s largest project to date. A public consultation was held in May.