Green light for phase 1 in Chester

Council votes to back initial phase of Chester Northgate

Cheshire West and Chester Council has voted to support the revised vision for an initial phase of the Chester Northgate project. But the retail-led second phase, which was to have been anchored by House of Fraser, will be redrawn to reflect the changes being seen in the world of retail with an increased emphasis on housing, leisure and cultural attractions.

The council will now go out to the market to secure development and construction partners for the scheme to provide a new market, a six-screen cinema, restaurants, a public square and car parking. Pre-lets have already been agreed with Picturehouse, Tapas Revolution, Cosy Club and Zizzi.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Councillor Brian Clarke, said: “It must be full steam ahead now. We are on track to start building work in early 2020.”

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