The Weaver Square area of Northwich,Cheshire West and Chester which includes a significant shopping centre, will be demolished and replaced by a multi-million pound masterplan.
A partnership between Cheshire West and Chester Council and Public Sector PLC, PSP Cheshire West and Chester LLP, are managing the project on behalf of the Council and pushing forward the scheme in a bid to improve investment levels in the development of Barons Quay and public realm improvements on Witton Street.
The masterplan includes a housing development, a hub for public services and small shops, a multi-use public area to host cultural events with live music, and also an independent traders’ area and market.
Cheshire West and Chester Council described the masterplan to BBC News as a “once in a lifetime opportunity to create a really special showcase area for our town”.
The Council argued the Northwich shopping centre has suffered from “changing shopping patterns,” – the authority reported last year that 28 of the 40 units on Weaver Square were empty.
Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Councillor Brian Clarke, said: “Weaver Square, along with the new Barons Quay development, provides us with a unique opportunity to change Northwich for the better and really boost the town and draw people in from the wider Cheshire community.”
He added: “Weaver Square, with its many vacant units and poor architectural quality is letting the town down and these exciting plans will provide a bright new future for this area of the town.”
Local residents can submit their feedback online on the Council’s website.
In addition, a drop in session will be held on Wednesday 20 June from 3 pm to 6.30 pm at Memorial Court, Northwich so residents can ask questions, leave comments, and see the proposal in full.