Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, has submitted detailed plans to Warrington Borough Council by to regenerate Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station.
Located on the north bank of the River Mersey, Fiddler’s Ferry has been a prominent landmark for about 50 years.
Peel NRE’s vision is to bring the site back into productive use and ensure that it can continue to contribute to the local economy through the creation of jobs and new homes.
“The proposals to build on the brownfield site are the first of three phases of the project including plans to address the chronic shortage of modern employment space by providing four industrial buildings and service yards totalling 1.4 million sq ft of floorspace,” said Peel.
“These buildings, along with parking and landscaped green space will provide opportunity to support over 2,100 jobs for local people, 845 of which will be created by the project, adding up to £89.2m to Warrington’s vibrant and growing economy.
“Later phases of the project will include a new neighbourhood to the east of the former power station which could include new family homes supported by space for a new primary school, shops and a GP surgery.
“Plans for the further residential development will be submitted at a later time and will be guided by a Development Framework including a wider masterplan for the site which will be shared with the public later this year. ”
Peel NRE Development Director Kieran Tames said: “Following a detailed consultation with stakeholders across Warrington and Halton and members of the local community, we are delighted to submit the planning application for the Phase 1 redevelopment of Fiddler’s Ferry.
“Over 5,700 individuals engaged with our interactive consultation hosted by specialist digital agency Deetu as well several in-person events in Warrington, Widnes and Penketh.
“The level of public support during the consultation was significant, with particular support for the redevelopment of brownfield land, job creation, and more sustainable and energy efficient buildings.
“However, we do understand the concerns of residents about pressure on local transport links so have taken necessary steps to provide sustainable alternative transport options and improve existing access to the site .
“We will continue our engagement with site neighbours and while the formal consultation period is now closed, residents can still access our plans online and contact the project team.”
Planning and development consultancy Turley is providing Planning, Strategic Communications and Sustainability services for the project.