Mersey Docks Eco Town

Sounds like a name of a boy band collaboration that.

Via the Daily Post:

Mersey Dockland could become new eco-town

Feb 28 2008 by Kevin Core

MERSEYSIDE is being considered as a location for one of the Government’s controversial new eco-towns.

Former dockland in Birkenhead has been put forward as the site of “Mersey Heartlands” – a gigantic new carbon neutral development of up to 10,000 homes.

Around 45 bids have been received by the Government and Gordon Brown will announce the first 10 eco-towns next month.

They must be constructed on old brownfield industrial sites and powered by locally generated energy from sustainable sources.

As a “New Growth Point”, Birkenhead would benefit from partnership with the Government to deliver the infrastructure for the massive development.

Mersey Heartlands plans were submitted in October by Wirral Council and Peel Holdings as part of the Wirral Waters development.

Peel Holdings, the owners of the Manchester Ship Canal and the Port of Liverpool, unveiled the £4.5bn 30-year scheme for the Birkenhead and Wallasey dock complex in September 2006, complete with shops, leisure areas and skyscrapers. The eco-town is being proposed as part of that overall masterplan for the dock area.

Wirral Council is remaining tight-lipped ahead of the final announcement.

Plans for the towns hit the headlines when residents in Wardle, Cheshire reacted with fury after a leaked report highlighted their area as a proposed site.

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