Wirral Council’s Cabinet to decide on “in principle” purchase of around two dozen shops in Birkenhead Town Centre and whether Birkenhead Market is added to its Wirral Growth Company joint venture plans with Muse Developments
Wirral Council’s Cabinet (including the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth Cllr Tony Jones pictured above) will be deciding at a meeting on 4th November 2019 to “in principle” buy around two dozen shops in Milton Pavement and one shop at 13-15 St Werburgh’s Square from Mars Pension Trustees Limited (Mars Pension Fund).
The Cabinet will also be deciding “in principle” whether to add the Birkenhead Market site to its Wirral Growth Company joint venture with Muse Developments. Cabinet will also be deciding whether to remove the Allport Lane Car Park in Bromborough from the Wirral Growth joint venture following opposition to plans for housing on Allport Lane Car Park.
The report to Cabinet, plan showing which shops in Milton Pavement are planned to be purchased, plan showing the Birkenhead Market site and plan showing the Allport Lane Car Park site can all be viewed on Wirral Council’ s website.
The proposed purchase price is unknown at present as the full business case for these plans has not been published ahead of the meeting as it is deemed to be commercially sensitive (despite Wirral Council acknowledging that if Mars Pension Fund did not want to sell to it at the price that it wanted it could use its compulsory purchase powers).
The report to Cabinet states that the intention is to demolish the shops (although it is unknown what the intention is after demolition). If the recommendations are agreed then consultation on the draft proposals Wirral Council has for Birkenhead Town Centre is expected to start in the first week of November 2019.
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