A MULTI-MILLION pound skatepark is expected to be built in Wirral after the project won outline planning permission.
The £6m Rampworx bid was given the green light by planning chiefs at Wallasey town hall last night.
The skate park, which will be built in Bidston, could be the UK's largest indoor extreme sports centre when it is completed.
Rampworx has been hoping to secure a presence on the disused Valley Road site since 2007.
The charity and social enterprise – which caters for 1,300 people a week at its Aintree site – submitted a bid for outline planning permission in July after working with Liverpool firm ABW architects.
Their proposals for a 5,600 sq m complex on the former Birkenhead Docks Sports and Social Centre were passed without opposition by Wirral’s planning committee last night.
Supporting the bid, Cllr Eddie Boult said: “We’ve all wanted one, everyone requires one, but ‘not in my back yard’. You go right across Wirral and it’s the same thing – we need one but ‘not in my back yard’, so I’m quite happy to accept this.”
As well as a skate park, the Rampworx Youth Village Wirral development, will also feature a climbing wall, workshop and office space, cafe, business start-up units, a dance studio and parking. Crucial to the proposals winning approval was Sport England’s opinion of the project.
In a report that went before Wirral’s planning committee, councillors were told Sport England thought the proposal “would represent a significant financial investment into sport and recreation.”
While outline planning permission was granted for the project, a host of conditions were attached.
Work must begin on the site within three years and a series of plans regarding surface water, waste disposal and transport must be submitted to the council before work begins.
Once completed, the park’s opening hours must be between 4pm-10.30pm Monday-Friday and between 10.30am-7pm at weekends.