Plans to give Birkenhead ‘biggest transformation in 75 years’ revealed

Birkenhead is set to undergo the biggest transformation it has seen in 75 years, a council leader has said. Wirral Council’s scheme for the town will see 21,000 homes built and a low-carbon urban village, green spaces and a new market created by 2040. Council leader Janette Williamson said it was a chance to make it into a “beautiful and sustainable” town. The authority will vote on whether to push forward with the Birkenhead 2040 Regeneration Framework plan on 9 March. The Local Democracy Reporting Service said the plan included…

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Odeon at Southampton’s Leisure World set for closure

The Odeon in Southampton will screen its last film on 27 February and is set to close after almost 25 years ahead of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the site. The announcement comes as 650 homes, two hotels, serviced hotel apartments, a cinema and a casino will be built at the site off West Quay Road. Odeon said it was unable to extend its current lease beyond March due to the redevelopment of the leisure complex – which is set to begin next year. It is not yet known if…

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Meadowhall leisure expansion would hit city centre, council says

A £150m shopping centre extension focusing on leisure would harm a nearby city centre, a council has warned. British Land, which co-owns the Meadowhall centre on the outskirts of Sheffield, wants to develop a leisure park and outdoor adventure area nearby. Sheffield City Council backed the plans when it considered them before the pandemic, but now objects. It said the loss of major retailers like John Lewis meant the city centre must now focus on leisure and catering. The latest Meadowhall plans would see development of the Vulcan Road M1…

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