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JENNIFER JOINED BY SCHOOL AND PARK PLANS

The £150 million Project Jennifer regeneration scheme in North Liverpool is to be joined by a range of new facilities to benefit the area, Liverpool City Council has announced.

Amongst the additions to the major project will be a new purpose-built school, enabling Notre Dame Catholic College to relocate to Great Homer Street at the heart of Project Jennifer. Scheduled to open in September 2013, it will be followed by the retail phase of the project, which will include a new Sainsbury’s food store, 80,000 sq ft of shops, dramatically improved public spaces and a new home for Great Homer Street’s popular outdoor market.

The new school will also provide a home for a health and wellbeing centre and local indoor market traders.

Further to this are the emerging plans for investment in Everton Park which will dramatically improve the public spaces already available in the area. Project Jennifer will make a direct contribution to the plans with improved public realm and links to the park.

Liverpool City Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: “Project Jennifer is a vital scheme for North Liverpool, not only because of the jobs and new facilities it will create, but because it will serve as a catalyst for further regeneration, investment and opportunities throughout the area.

“We are already seeing a great example of that, with the plans to build a brand new Notre Dame Catholic College on the edge of the Project Jennifer site. Our proposals to transform Everton Park into a first class community and visitor destination include plans to link it with the new district centre.”

Project Jennifer is set to transform a 45-acre site, creating new homes, employment opportunities, improved public areas, new community and leisure facilities and retail and employment space.

Michelle Taylor, regional director at St. Modwen, said: “The plans for Notre Dame are a real vote of confidence and a sign of the positive impact the regeneration of Great Homer Street is already bringing to the wider area. Project Jennifer is about creating long term positive change in North Liverpool and so I can’t think of a more fitting addition to the scheme than a new school.”

As a small number of objections were raised to the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) needed to progress the scheme, a Public Inquiry is set to be held in summer 2012. Liverpool City Council and St. Modwen have concluded there is a ‘robust case’ for Project Jennifer to succeed at the inquiry.

Michelle Taylor, added: “Project Jennifer will bring massive benefits to the area and make a real difference to people’s lives. It will create more than 1,000 jobs, provide new homes, create new retail and leisure facilities and improve public spaces. There is much work still to do, but we’re fully committed to working together with the community to make this scheme a reality.

“We will be hosting a series of public events over the coming months where local people can find out more about the plans and get involved.”

The retail phase of Project Jennifer could start on site by Spring 2013. Once completed, the £150 million redevelopment 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 light industrial units, 480 new homes, and 40,000 sq ft of community facilities, including a new library, market and community health centre. The scheme will create a new hub of activity in North Liverpool and will act as a catalyst for the wider redevelopment of that part of the city.