THE site of Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station is a ‘great brownfield regeneration opportunity’ for the area.

This is the view of Warrington South MP Andy Carter, who recently toured the now-closed facility.

Last month, grand plans for the future of the Cuerdley site were unveiled, including fresh industrial usage and a residential neighbourhood.

The power station, along with its iconic cooling towers which dominate the surrounding landscape, closed in March 2020 after nearly 50 years in operation.

Last month, it was announced that Peel NRE had acquired Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station from energy company SSE Thermal.

Since the acquisition, the firm has been engaging with residents and key stakeholders about what this means for the future of the site.

It is currently proposed that the facility will be demolished to make way for the development of around 250-acres for industrial and employment use, and approximately 1,750 sustainable new homes.

Although plans are at an early stage, it is proposed that they will create high-quality jobs and a new sustainable neighbourhood to address local housing needs.

Plans will also create extensive new parkland, paths and wildlife areas to enhance and restore some of local environment that has been home to the coal fired power station.

Runcorn and Widnes World: Kieran Tames, development director for Peel NRE, with Warrington South MP Andy CarterKieran Tames, development director for Peel NRE, with Warrington South MP Andy Carter

Mr Carter says he has been a supporter of the regeneration and reuse of the site since his election to parliament.

He lobbied for its inclusion in the 2021 version of the Warrington Local Plan as a key brownfield development opportunity.

Following his visit, he said: “The redevelopment of Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station is something I’ve long pushed for.

“It is a great brownfield regeneration opportunity for Warrington, and I was pleased to get a run down on plans from the new owners of the site.

“These plans have the potential to bring about high-quality jobs, an economic boost for the region as well as homes to allow local people to get on the housing ladder.

“I look forward to seeing the proposals begin to materialise over the coming months.”

Kieran Tames, development director for Peel NRE, added: “It was fantastic to show Andy around and talk through our early stage plans, as well as hear feedback he is hearing from his constituents about what they would like to see happen on the site.

“Over the coming weeks, months and years, we will be working closely with the local community to ensure we deliver a scheme that we can all be proud of.”