Chester Northgate mixed-use scheme secures planning approval

WCN Editorial Team 5 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The Cheshire West and Chester planning committee has approved plans for the first phase of mixed-use development at Chester Northgate in the county of Cheshire, UK.

Members of the committee unanimously supported the designs for a new indoor market, public square, Picturehouse cinema and an arcade within the former library building.

The committee also granted approval for the inclusion of a multi-storey car park as part of the initial phase of development.

Work on the new leisure destination, in the heart of the city centre, is scheduled to start in January 2020.

The destination will feature eateries, bars and cultural attractions from cinema to pop-up events as well as the Storyhouse library and theatre.

The market has undergone a revival over the past 12 months and will be relocated as part of the development to provide a new environment for traders and visitors.

The designs were submitted after extensive public consultation. The feedback from Chester residents and local businesses helped shape the look and feel of the development.

Most of the responses were in favour of the addition of green living walls, which will help bring greenery into the city centre while also referencing the Cheshire countryside.

The public square is expected to provide a social and gathering space. Several community groups have expressed interest in using the space.

Cabinet member for housing, regeneration and growth Councillor Richard Beacham said: “Planning approval for the first phase of the Northgate development is a welcome milestone in a long and complex journey towards building a brand new leisure destination in the heart of Chester.

“This is long-awaited and much needed investment in this part of our city centre and it will have a positive impact for residents, local businesses and the local economy with the creation of new jobs and new work for local suppliers.”

French construction company Vinci, which has already been selected as the preferred contractor earlier in the year and works are expected to start in January 2020.

Shadow Cabinet member for communities and wellbeing Councillor Stuart Parker said: “This project is one of the largest investments in the city centre and will help create a dynamic, modern city that is fit for the future whilst preserving all that is cherished from the past.

“Chester is a very special place and we have the unique opportunity to enhance its richness with new facilities and attractions inside the city walls.

“This is the first chapter and will be proof of high quality development for further investment in Northgate and the city centre.”

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Image: Rendering of the Chester Northgate shopping centre. Photo: Courtesy of Cheshire West and Chester.

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