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Campervan bid to woo Greaty Market shoppers

Consultation exercise comes with balloons ahead of CPO hearing

Published on May 25th 2012.


Campervan bid to woo Greaty Market shoppers

A VW campervan converted into a mobile TV studio will greet shoppers at Great Homer Street market this weekend. 

The ‘Comments Campervan’ will be appearing in a bid to get local people leave messages of support for the £150 million regeneration of Great Homer Street, which is the subject of a Government Inquiry next month. 

A consultation event will take place at the market this Saturday (26th May) between 9am and 12.30pm, with cooking demonstrations from Sainsbury’s healthy-eating experts the Try Team, prize giveaways and a children’s colouring competition.

'Benefits'

The event will include performances from Notre Dame Catholic College’s jazz band, who will relocate to Great Homer Street when their new school is completed next year. 

The consultation has been organised by St. Modwen which is behind the major development plan known as Project Jennifer. 

A team representing it, Liverpool City Council and Sainsbury’s will be on hand to provide information about the development which, they say, stands to bring widespread benefits to the area including new shops, market facilities and homes, vastly improved public spaces and around 750 jobs. 

Project Jennifer will be anchored by the largest food store built in Liverpool to date. It also has consent for 80,000 sq ft of additional retail units, 80,000 sq ft of employment space, 480 new homes, and 40,000 sq ft of community facilities, including new market facilities and a community health centre. 

Subsequent phases of the scheme, in the Marwood and Dryden Street areas, would follow the successful delivery of the retail phase. Liverpool City Council and St. Modwen have said that properties beyond the retail phase will not be required for at least two years, minimising disruption and allowing businesses to continue trading until the land is required for development. 

Projectjennifer3Project Jennifer

The consultation comes before a Government inspector is sent to Liverpool next month to decide if the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) needed to progress the scheme should be granted. The Inquiry will take place for 12-days from 19th June. If successful the scheme could finally start on-site in Spring 2013. 

Michelle Taylor, regional director at St. Modwen, said: “We need local people to voice their support so that the government understands just how important the project is.”

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