A planning application has been submitted on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council for the plans to develop the Northgate area of the city centre as retail-led, mixed-use development.
The £300m Chester Northgate scheme aims to deliver around 500,000 sq ft of new retail, restaurant and leisure facilities which, if approved, will be delivered over two phases of construction.
Phase one, which is forecast to start in autumn 2017, will see the development of a six-screen cinema together with cafés and restaurants set around a new Market Square. A new market hall will replace the current Chester Market and a new 167-bedroom, 4-star hotel and conference centre will be built as a replacement for the existing Crowne Plaza hotel. The existing hotel together with the Forum shopping centre and several other buildings will then be demolished in 2019, so that work can then begin on the second phase of construction to create the main retail offer, department store and residential.
The council owns around 85 per cent of the 14-acre site and in July 20 it appointed Rivington Land as development manager to oversee the development.
David Lewis, managing director of Rivington Land, said: “We are at a point where we have sufficient confidence in the commercial market prospects of the Northgate scheme to advise the council to make this application for a major redevelopment of the city centre. We have worked hard with the Council and consultees to fine tune the detailed design of Chester Northgate to ensure the best possible fit with the city’s needs and the demands of retailers and other commercial interests.”