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£100M plan to turn Bootle into star attraction north of Liverpool

News   •   Oct 04, 2016 16:31 BST

Bootle to be completely transformed with £100M masterplan for canal side bars and restaurants.

In a plan drawn up by Sefton council, Bootle could be transformed entirely in an ambitious £100M town centre investment framework.

Sefton council launched a public consultation to get feedback from traders and residents on the investment, and now the local authority are ready to sign off the plan at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday 6 October, to pave the way for work to begin on making the ideas a reality.

The plans include canal side bars and restaurants, in hope to challenge preconceptions about the town, and make the best use of resources already in the area.

The document features plans to create 150,000 sq ft of new office floorspace and a hotel; 15,000 sq ft of new and converted start up space; a canal lined with bars, restaurants, canoe facilities, a small hotel, and 15,000 sq ft of leisure space.

New Commercial quarter – (Credit to Mick Timpson Urban Design)

There are also plans to improve Bottle Town Hall Complex, an expansion on the options for higher education, 200 rental apartments, 80 new homes and apartments, a new healthcare centre for the community and a multi-storey car park.

The project envisages dividing the town into zones: retail and offices in the north and learning and culture in the south

The council hope to rebrand the town, in the hope that within a new identity, it can be “the main centre serving South Sefton and North Liverpool.

The works are hoped to be completed by 2030, by which point Bootle should have been reshaped into a reputable, desirable residential, education and business location.

Adam Mirley, director and head of Lambert Smith Hampton’s North West planning and development consultancy, said: “There is a huge amount of potential in Bootle which isn’t being fully realised.

“There is a need for an improved retail and leisure offer and more modern commercial business space in the town.

“The framework will encourage private sector investment and provide a platform for growth and development, and take advantage of existing assets such as Hugh Baird College and The Strand.”

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