Pickles gives green light to Wirral Waters

Posted on by Rob Powell

A huge development in Wirral has been given the thumbs up by Secretary of State of Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.

The £4.5 billion scheme will see the construction of a vast mixed use development, including 5,000,000 square feet of modern office space, in Birkenhead docklands with the expected creation of thousands of jobs.

The development had already been approved by Wirral Council but it had to be referred to the Secretary of State for final approval. He has opted not to call in the application for further review which means Wirral Waters can go ahead.

Wirral Council Leader Cllr Jeff Green said: “It’s not everyday that a Leader of a Council is given the go-ahead to see 26,000 jobs created.  I am delighted the Government has demonstrated its trust in allowing local people to make the decision and will not ‘call in’ the Wirral Waters plan for national review.

“This is a £4.5bn project which will create many thousands of jobs over 10-15 years.  It is a landmark day for Wirral and is tremendous news.”

The developer for the project is the Peel Group who are also behind the £5.4 billion Liverpool Waters scheme.

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