Fiddler's Ferry

Regeneration

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The formal consultation for Phase 1 closed on 11th December 2022, but your feedback is still welcome. Click the button below to learn more and have your say:

About the project

Project Vision

The redevelopment of Fiddler’s Ferry is a once in a generation opportunity to deliver significant new jobs and homes on one of the largest brownfield sites in the region.

Peel NRE’s purchase of the Fiddler’s Ferry site from SSE is the first step towards transforming the disused former power station into a sustainable development, offering new jobs and high quality family homes for local people.

About Peel NRE

About Peel NRE – Re-energising Natural Resources

Peel NRE, part of regeneration business Peel L&P, is at the heart of the nati­on’s activity around clean growth and a circular economy – helping the UK achieve net zero by 2050 and supporting regional climate emergency targets.

It reuses, repurposes and re-energises natural resources to develop and maintain vital infrastructure across the UK with specialisms in renewable energies, district heating, waste to value, water and materials management and electric vehicle charging.

Peel NRE’s track record also includes transforming redundant and heavy industrial sites to support local and regional aspirations and development needs for employment and housing.

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Fiddler’s Ferry was a significant feature for the area for decades, which at its peak was producing 2,000MW of power and employed hundreds of workers. We want to hear your stories about the plant, whether you worked on site or lived nearby. Click below to share your memories.

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Project Timeline

What happens When?

The former power station is a considerable site which will require extensive demolition before redevelopment can begin in earnest. The timeline below shows the possible length of the process, with the site not likely to be completed until at least 2040.

Commencement of phased demolition

2022

Commencement of infrastructure, enabling works and remediation

2023/4

Demolition complete

2025/6

Phased development programme and masterplan complete

2040

Commencement of phased demolition

Commencement of phased demolition

2022

Commencement of infrastructure, enabling works and remediation

Commencement of infrastructure, enabling works and remediation

2023/4

Demolition complete

Demolition complete

2025/6

Phased development programme and masterplan complete

Phased development programme and masterplan complete

2040

WHAT COULD THE SITE LOOK LIKE?

Illustrative Masterplan

The site features in the emerging Warrington Local Plan and illustrative images have been produced to show what the area could look like once the redevelopment has been completed. This is subject to change based on future needs and planning applications. We want to work with the communities around Fiddler’s Ferry to shape a development that is considerate to the needs of both existing and new residents.

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Ownership

The site is owned by natural resources and energy company Peel NRE, part of regeneration business Peel L&P, after being recently acquired from energy company SSE Thermal.

Peel L&P is responsible for some of the country’s most transformational projects across the North West including The Trafford Centre, MediaCity at Salford Quays and Liverpool Waters.

Peel NRE’s track record also includes transforming redundant and heavy industrial sites to support local and regional aspirations and development needs for employment and housing.

The Proposals

Over the coming years, Peel NRE will work in partnership with Warrington Council on the regeneration of the 820-acre site through a 10 to 15-year mixed-use masterplan which will coordinate the regeneration of one of the largest brownfield sites in the country.

 

Our proposals are in line Warrington Council’s emerging local plan which identifies the site for a new sustainable community to create jobs, boost skills, address local housing shortages including affordable homes and create new accessible parkland and wildlife areas.

The current masterplan has the capacity to deliver a minimum of 1,760 homes and c89 Ha (4 million sq ft) of employment land delivered over multiple phases.

This signals an exciting future for the site, securing future investment for Warrington’s economy and the wider region.

The Fiddler’s Ferry power station and cooling towers were decommissioned in 2020 in line with Government policy to phase out coal-fired facilities by 2025.

To ready the site for redevelopment, Peel NRE is shortly submitting a ‘prior approval’ request to Warrington Council to agree the first stage of demolition which includes the coal stock yard, four northern cooling towers and some of the former administrative buildings to the north of the site.

A number of site surveys are also taking place on site which will inform how the masterplan is delivered, any remediation needed on site and the process of demolition of the current power station facility. 

We are seeking views during a period of public consultation for the first phase of development. This includes employment uses on the former coal stockyard in the western part of the former power station site. The public consultation on the Phase 1 development is open for four weeks and we are inviting feedback on the plans until 11 December 2022.

 

The Phase 1 development presented within its wider regeneration context, as well as our long-term vision, will be included in the draft Development Framework. We will consult on this framework, in early 2023.

As part of redeveloping the entire site, we are preparing a Development Framework which will establish the principles and vision for the wider Fiddler’s Ferry site, and the context to the employment and housing delivery across a 10–15-year period. Preparation of a Development Framework is a requirement of the site policy within the draft Warrington Local Plan to ensure that the redevelopment of the site is comprehensive and that required infrastructure is delivered as the site is developed.

As part of the examination of the draft Warrington Local Plan, Warrington Council has suggested a modification to the policy which requires agreement of the Development Framework prior to the determination of the Phase 1 employment application and prior to the submission of planning applications for any further phases.

A draft of the Development Framework is currently being prepared. We will consult on this draft framework in early 2023.

The Fiddler’s Ferry site is a once-in-a generation opportunity to redevelop one of the largest brownfield sites in the country.

 

The proposals for the site will make a major contribution to job creation across the borough, providing c. 4 million sq ft of floorspace to help meet future employment  needs. The site also has the capacity to deliver a minimum of 1,760 homes, ranging in housing types with other community facilities such as a new primary school, local shops, space for a potential branch GP surgery, other community facilities, parks and open space.

The draft Development Framework document is currently being prepared.

 

Discussions with Warrington Borough Council and Halton Borough Council are ongoing, and consultation with the local community and other stakeholders on the draft Development Framework will take place in early 2023.

Demolition

The proposals will eventually see the demolition of the power station buildings and its eight cooling towers, which is located near the River Mersey in between Warrington and Halton.

The first stage of demolition includes the phased demolition of the coal stock yard, four northern cooling towers and some of the former administrative buildings to the north of the site.

A ‘prior approval’ request was submitted to Warrington Council to agree the first phase of demolition in September 2022.

Peel NRE is looking to commence phased demolition of the coal stock yard, four northern cooling towers and some of the former administrative buildings to the north of the site once prior approval has been received and once a demolition contractor has been appointed. Subject to this, demolition works will start early 2023 subject to prior approval.

To ensure that the demolition works are completed to the highest level of safety and the minimum amount of disruption to site neighbours, residents and businesses, a Demolition Statement and Environmental Management Plan has been submitted for agreement. This has involved discussions with Warrington Council and other relevant stakeholders.

In the run up to and during demolition of the site, we are committed to an ongoing programme of engagement and consultation with site neighbours, residents and businesses before any demolition works commence.

Once we have appointed a specialist demolition contractor, we will share information about the programme for demolition involving the four northern cooling towers.

Phase 1

The proposals create a long-term future for the site and will be delivered in phases over a 10–15-year time period. Following demolition, the commencement of infrastructure and enabling works will take place in 2023.

We envisage that there will be significant employment opportunities for local contractors and local people to be involved in the redevelopment of the site. Please contact hello@fiddlersferry.com if you want to find out more and register your interest.

The Phase 1 employment land is located on the former coal stockyard in the north western part of the former power station.

The Phase 1 employment proposals will deliver c. 1.35 million sq ft of new employment floorspace for general industry / storage and distribution uses.

The new employment buildings will provide significant employment opportunities for local people especially those in Warrington and Widnes.

 

This first phase of development will support approximately 452 construction jobs on average per year, adding £500,000 per annum of expenditure into the local economy. Local businesses in the local supply chain will benefit with additional jobs supported throughout the project.

 

Once the scheme is completed and occupied, up to an estimated 2,100 jobs will be supported by the businesses which occupy the space, delivering approximately £126m gross value added (GVA) to the local economy per annum.

 

Workers on site will also add £2.6m of expenditure to the local economy (shops, cafes etc) once the scheme is completed.

Subject to planning permission, it is anticipated that works will begin on site in January 2024.

It is anticipated that the Phase 1 works will be complete by 2030, with phased occupation of the units subject to market demand.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions about this website or the consultation, please email us at hello@fiddlersferry.com

Or you can contact us at: Fiddler’s Ferry Project Team, Venus Building, 1 Old Park Lane, TRAFFORDCITY, Manchester M41 7HA

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