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Rundown Liverpool area to be revamped in 200m plan

Image of revamped retail park (Pic: Liverpool Vision)
The redevelopment of Edge Lane retail park will cost 200m

Ambitious £200m redevelopment plans have been unveiled to regenerate a key gateway into Liverpool.

Motorists heading for the city centre along Edge Lane currently pass derelict car showrooms and a run down retail park.

Landowner Derwent Holdings, Liverpool Council and Liverpool Vision have agreed a framework for the plan to upgrade the retail park.

Planners said the area presents the "wrong impression at the moment".

The Ian Skelly car showrooms will be used to extend Rathbone Hospital, the former Robinson Willey gas fire factory will become a community park and the land currently occupied by the Halford's building will be developed for light industry.

'Not performing well'

Liverpool Vision's Rob Monaghan said the redevelopment will improve perceptions of the city.

Derelict building
There are a number of derelict buildings on Edge Lane

"This is extremely important for Liverpool's health, as you come into Liverpool from the motorway network first impressions are vital," he said.

"At the moment what you see as you come through is an area that just isn't performing well, it sends out the wrong message."

Existing businesses affected by the plans will be relocated to the north side of Edge Lane and the area between the new park and the retail park will be linked by environmental improvements and improved pedestrian routes.

The city council's Executive Board is being asked to support the plans, which cover an area of 28 hectares, at its meeting on Friday.

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