A MASSIVE scheme to redevelop the docklands of Ellesmere Port could see high-rise building and more than 7,000 new homes being built.
Details have just been released by Peel Holdings of its multi-million-pound plans to regenerate the town’s waterfront area near the boat museum.
It follows a visit to the site by Minister for the North West Beverley Hughes in November and the official designation of the area as a Growth Point to receive specific Government funding.
Speaking this morning (Wednesday), borough council leader Justin Madders called the proposals “bigger than anything we have seen before”.
He added: “Peel are pretty confident they can pull it off.
“As long as we are happy, it will contribute to regenerating the whole community. I think when people travel along the M53 they will – hopefully – not recognise Ellesmere Port from where it is now.
“We are looking to emulate the success of Salford Quays which had the same type of dockside iconic architecture.”
Describing the scheme as “absolutely fantastic”, Cllr Madders (Lab, Ledsham) stressed it was still a proposal at the moment and would be subject to a planning application in the next few weeks.
“Nothing is definite yet. It comes as a Growth Point bid which is what we had been talking to Beverley Hughes about in November. It could possibly even see tower blocks and skyscrapers there,” he added.
In a consultation document, council planners say: “The potential is huge, with a prospect of 7,000-8,000 residential properties being built over the next 15 years on the dockside.
“This potential is for a mixed use development comprising offices, leisure, retail, but predominantly residential. This largely unused site (comprising approximately 35 hectares) offers real medium to long-term potential for a major new community and focus for growth in Ellesmere Port.”