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COUNCIL'S REGENERATION PLAN FOR NEW FERRY FALLS SLIGHTLY SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS


17 March 2019

At the end of January, the Council revealed the latest plans for the rebuilding of New Ferry's centre. All three options presented were heavily reliant on the provision of new housing, and even included building on most (and in one option all of) the Woodhead Street car park.

Whilst some people welcomed these proposals, others were less satisfied. Many of the traders in the precinct were concerned about the loss of so much of the car park where they and their customers park. Others felt that with no new retail space being built to replace that which was lost as a result of the explosion, the plans would do nothing to attract shoppers to come back to New Ferry, or indeed new ones to consider coming at all.

As a compromise, in consultation with the New Ferry Traders Association and the New Ferry Community Land Trust, we drew up and presented to the Council a fourth option plan which included ground floor retail space in some of the blocks (similar to the example in the picture opposite). The Council passed this proposal on to their consultants for their opinion. The results will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Regardless of which option is chosen, it is clear that the larger bulk of the new development will include new housing. Some housing developers have already expressed an interest in getting involved. It is likely that we will then see the private sector spend in excess of 5 million bringing these new homes to New Ferry. A proportion of this housing will be affordable housing which will be offered to people unable to get a toe hold on the property ladder.
 

 
 
 


     
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