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Hundreds have their say on Weaver Square masterplan

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Hundreds of local people have already responded to a consultation around new plans for the Weaver Square area of Northwich town centre.

The masterplan – which could bring new residential development, local shops, a public services building and the potential for an exciting new food hub – has recently been on show to the public.

Improved outdoor spaces, pavement cafes, children’s play area and new public square also feature in the proposals.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is consulting on the community’s aspiration for the future provision of Northwich’s market and the masterplan includes provision for a small amount of commercial space, which could accommodate independent traders along with a range of flexible spaces to meet all needs.

An exhibition showing the proposed masterplan is on display in ASDA at Barons Quay, in the Memorial Court and in Northwich Library.

There are comment forms to allow local people to give their views on the plans, with the consultation due to close at the end of August.

CWAC cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, Cllr Brain Clarke said: “It’s really important that local people have a voice in the development of their town at this critical masterplanning stage, so that they can help to shape the future of Northwich.

“We have a real opportunity here to create something special, which will bring in extra visitors and provide essential public services in a fit-for-purpose new building.

“Once again, this latest development is evidence of the council’s long-term commitment to the regeneration of Northwich, creating a vibrant town centre where  people can shop, work and enjoy leisure time.”

As well as the exhibition, the plans can also be viewed on the Visit Northwich website where there is also a link to the online questionnaire.

The masterplan area covers the Weaver Square shopping centre, the two car parks and both the indoor and outdoor markets.

The council is keen to stress that the two markets currently remain open and trading.

 


Northwich welcomed a £20 million new Waitrose store and marina in 2013, and a £15 million entertainment and leisure centre, Memorial Court, in 2015.

In addition, the £80 million Barons Quay retail and leisure development was completed in November 2017 (despite some criticism that many units remain vacant) and in the same year a further investment of £5 million was spent on public realm improvements to the old historic town centre.

The town has also secured an additional £1.5 million Heritage Lottery Fund bid for improvements to older buildings in its traditional shopping streets.


 

 

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