Northwich town centre masterplan consultation proposals go before Cabinet

31 January 2018

Residents will be asked to share their views on a masterplan for Northwich’s Weaver Square to help shape the future of the town centre, if proposals before Cabinet next week (7 Feb) are approved. 

The Council’s ongoing commitment to regeneration in Northwich, and proposals for the next phase of work, will go before Cabinet members with recommendations to begin to share the vision developed from an earlier consultation exercise that took place in 2016. The consultation will include a wide range of stakeholders and the Council is particularly keen to hear the views of residents and businesses.

The Council’s long-term vision for Northwich includes improving the town’s retail, leisure and cultural offer, investing in the town centre, improving access and parking, building more homes and creating more jobs. Projects such as the Northwich Memorial Court, Barons Quay and the new housing developments demonstrate this commitment.

Residents’ views will be sought on the masterplan for Weaver Square which outlines the opportunities for new housing, a public service hub, new public realm, all of which will complement the Council’s investments to date.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Councillor Brian Clarke, said: “We want Northwich to be a town fit for the future and Weaver Square is looking very tired and not in keeping with our ambitious aspirations.

“Northwich has seen significant investment from the Council, its partners and the private sector in recent years and the benefits of this investment are already being felt with a 10 per cent increase in footfall to the town centre.

“If the proposals before Cabinet next week are approved, we will swiftly be able to move to share the masterplan for Weaver Square with local residents and businesses and help them to shape the next stage.” The Council acquired the Weaver Square shopping centre in 2014 to gain greater control over the long-term prospects for Northwich and to ensure that any future development would complement the rest of the town centre.

If councillors approve the report a comprehensive consultation will commence in March and run for 2 months with a programme of events to ensure that all who want a say in the future of the town are given the opportunity.

The Cabinet report also outlines ideas for developing the town’s cultural offer, the future of the current market and its proposals for taking forward lettings for the newly developed Barons Quay.

A budget request of £1.3 million will be used to support the continued regeneration of the town in the form of attracting new tenants to Barons Quay and the promotion of events together with improved signage and associated professional fees.

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