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Vectos helps secure £300m Chester Northgate development planning permission

Vectos has provided significant input to the planning permission for the £300 million retail-led, mixed-use development scheme in Chester City Centre, which was unanimously accepted by Cheshire West and Chester Council Planning Committee on 15 September 2016.

The scheme will transform the Northgate area of the City Centre by providing around 500,000 ft2 of new retail, restaurant and leisure facilities, with some residential, over two phases of construction, and will provide almost 1,000 car spaces.

Phase one, which is forecast to start in autumn 2017, will see the development of two restaurants within the shell of the current library building, a new market hall replacing the current Chester Market, a six-screen cinema and a 167-bedroom hotel with conference facilities, as a replacement for the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Crowne Plaza, Forum Shopping Centre and several other buildings on the site will be demolished in 2019. Work would then begin on the second phase of construction to create the main retail offer, department store and residential units. It is anticipated that the whole development will open by 2021.

Being a historic city, Chester has a number of significant archaeological remains, which meant that extreme care was required in the design of the development and associated infrastructure. The team in Vectos’ Manchester office worked closely and proactively with the development team, inputting into masterplan development whilst designing the transport strategy for all modes, including the production of highway solutions. This work, along with widespread consultation with Council officers and transport stakeholders, facilitated a positive recommendation at Planning Committee.