A new masterplan was unveiled this week for the Weaver Square area of Northwich, which will create a vibrant new neighbourhood for the town to complement investments made to date in the development of Barons Quay and public realm improvements on Witton Street.
The masterplan sets a vision for bringing new residential development and a public services building to Northwich.
It also features a flexible, multi-use public area that could be used as a community space for live music and cultural events as well as a market and independent traders’ area, all which figured highly in the feedback during the first round of public consultation in 2016.
CWAC cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, Cllr Brian Clarke commented: “I’m sure local people are going to be delighted when they see the new plans for Weaver Square which builds on the consultation we ran in 2016.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a really special showcase area for our town. I would encourage everyone to get involved and have their say.
“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.”
“Coming on the back of the fashion anchor in Barons Quay, the Cheshire FA announcement and the North by Northwich Charlatans residency, there is a real feeling of optimism in the town.
“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.”
Now, local residents are being encouraged to view the plans and have their say online ahead of dedicated consultation events planned for June.
The plans can be viewed on the council’s website here, where there is also a link to an online survey where local people can leave feedback.
There will be a drop in session on Wednesday 20th June from 3pm to 6.30pm at Memorial Court, where people will be able to see the plans and proposals, ask questions and leave comments.
In 2016 more than 1,000 people responded to the initial consultation with key stakeholders and the local community to gauge what improvements people wanted to see in the development area.
The council says that feedback from the first stage of the consultation has shaped the proposed masterplan.
Weaver Square is a major part of the wider regeneration of Northwich town centre and the proposals will add further value to Northwich and complement the existing offering of retailers, businesses and services across the town.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has issued a demolition notice for part of Weaver Square to help pave the way for new development opportunities.
The town has already welcomed a £20 million new Waitrose and marina, completed in 2013, and Memorial Court, a £15 million entertainment and leisure centre which opened in May 2015.
The £80 million Barons Quay retail and leisure development was completed in November 2017 and in the same year a further investment of £5 million was spent on public realm improvements to the old historic town centre, including areas around Barons Quay.
Northwich has also secured an additional £1.5 million Townscape Heritage Lottery Bid for improvements to older buildings in the town’s traditional shopping streets.