Dock Branch Neighbourhood Masterplan

Wirral Council is developing a masterplan for the Dock Branch neighbourhood in Birkenhead.

Dock Branch Neighbourhood focuses on the area around Dock Branch railway line which will be transformed into a linear park and active travel corridor, and is one of nine catalyst projects which form a key part of the Birkenhead 2040 Framework. The framework sets out a 20-year plan for the transformational regeneration of Birkenhead.

The need for a masterplan for this area is set out in the new Local Plan. A masterplan is a joined-up strategy that takes account of an area’s unique opportunities and challenges. The masterplan is often prepared when an area is likely to undergo significant investment to steer growth and changes. It is there to make sure the changes are done in a joined-up way so that new buildings, streets and spaces can work together across a large area.

Please view the video below to learn more about the Dock Branch Neighbourhood Masterplan.

As well as creating a new linear park with walking and cycling routes, we want to use the momentum generated by this project to bring more improvements to the area – including new homes, jobs and community services. The Dock Branch Neighbourhood masterplan will show what the future of the area could be, helping to steer investment and development in a well thought-out, coordinated way.

We want the Dock Branch Neighbourhood masterplan to reflect a broad range of community views, understanding what people who live, work or visit the area now want it to be like in the future. We also need to think about people who might come and make this part of Birkenhead their home or choose to set up a business here.

We would like to hear from as many people as possible so we can make the most of local knowledge and make sure the final masterplan is based on the views of people who care about the future of Birkenhead.

Please share your views on Dock Branch Neighbourhood by completing the survey below or sharing your ideas on our Ideas Board below.

Get Involved in Person

You can visit the pop-up engagement shop BirkenEd’s Place to find out about a range of exciting plans for Birkenhead. In the shop you’ll find materials and images to help you give feedback and share your views on a range of development projects as well as a programme of events.

In person engagement on Dock Branch Neighbourhood took place from 22 November to 3 December 2022 at BirkenEd’s Place.

The second phase of in-person engagement for Dock Branch Neighbourhood will take place in February 2023.

You can read more at our BirkenEd’s Place website and check the dates of activities going on.

Map of the Dock Branch Neighbourhood


Wirral Council is developing a masterplan for the Dock Branch neighbourhood in Birkenhead.

Dock Branch Neighbourhood focuses on the area around Dock Branch railway line which will be transformed into a linear park and active travel corridor, and is one of nine catalyst projects which form a key part of the Birkenhead 2040 Framework. The framework sets out a 20-year plan for the transformational regeneration of Birkenhead.

The need for a masterplan for this area is set out in the new Local Plan. A masterplan is a joined-up strategy that takes account of an area’s unique opportunities and challenges. The masterplan is often prepared when an area is likely to undergo significant investment to steer growth and changes. It is there to make sure the changes are done in a joined-up way so that new buildings, streets and spaces can work together across a large area.

Please view the video below to learn more about the Dock Branch Neighbourhood Masterplan.

As well as creating a new linear park with walking and cycling routes, we want to use the momentum generated by this project to bring more improvements to the area – including new homes, jobs and community services. The Dock Branch Neighbourhood masterplan will show what the future of the area could be, helping to steer investment and development in a well thought-out, coordinated way.

We want the Dock Branch Neighbourhood masterplan to reflect a broad range of community views, understanding what people who live, work or visit the area now want it to be like in the future. We also need to think about people who might come and make this part of Birkenhead their home or choose to set up a business here.

We would like to hear from as many people as possible so we can make the most of local knowledge and make sure the final masterplan is based on the views of people who care about the future of Birkenhead.

Please share your views on Dock Branch Neighbourhood by completing the survey below or sharing your ideas on our Ideas Board below.

Get Involved in Person

You can visit the pop-up engagement shop BirkenEd’s Place to find out about a range of exciting plans for Birkenhead. In the shop you’ll find materials and images to help you give feedback and share your views on a range of development projects as well as a programme of events.

In person engagement on Dock Branch Neighbourhood took place from 22 November to 3 December 2022 at BirkenEd’s Place.

The second phase of in-person engagement for Dock Branch Neighbourhood will take place in February 2023.

You can read more at our BirkenEd’s Place website and check the dates of activities going on.

Map of the Dock Branch Neighbourhood


  • Thank you for taking the time to share your views on the future of the Dock Branch neighbourhood masterplan. To build up a successful and vibrant neighbourhood lots of different things are needed, from the mix of different homes and how people get around the area to making sure it is sustainable and that it maximises health and well-being, to name a few. This survey is being used to find out more about which of those kinds of things you think are important in creating a place where people will want to live, work and spend their free time.

    The questions are split into different themes to cover key considerations in a masterplan. They also relate to the emerging Birkenhead Design Guide which will be published later this year for consultation. The Design Guide will help define the level of quality the council expects to see for new development in Birkenhead. This includes things like the type and quality of materials used, street furniture and planting in public spaces. 

    In the survey in some cases, options overlap a little in places because ideas come up in several aspects of our lives. Walking, for example, can be part of being more sustainable as well as making healthier lifestyle choices. Keeping existing buildings could be about sustainability and maximising heritage. You might also see some things you think are important but could be best provided in the town centre rather than in a residential neighbourhood. Try to think about what you would want in the Dock Branch neighbourhood when answering.

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Page last updated: 19 Jan 2023, 01:10 PM