CWAC extends One City Plan consultation

Cheshire West & Chester Council has announced a consultation on its draft strategic framework that aims to transform Chester into a world-class destination has been extended by two weeks.

The council, the regeneration agency for Chester city centre, Chester Renaissance, and GVA started to work on the concept of the One City Plan in October last year.

A consultation was launched in June and the council said over 700 people have attended the various events over the last 10 weeks and expressed comments on the key document.

The council added that there were also a good number of written comments submitted through its website using the online comments form.

The council added that two-week extension to the consultation from its original 8 September deadline to Friday 23 September is aimed at giving people more time to submit their written comments.

Cheshire West & Chester said it will also enable feedback through the forthcoming event Celebrate Cheshire to be incorporated into the engagement process.

Steven Broomhead, chairman of Chester Renaissance, said: "We have been very pleased with the interest and level of responses we have received so far on the draft One City Plan.

"I want to thank everybody who has commented and/or attended one of the consultation events. We want to encourage those who still wish to make representations to do so over the course of the next few weeks."

The draft plan looks at all areas of the city centre, including the historic core, Northgate development and the business, cathedral and artisans quarter, and details improvements for the Castle Gateway, riverfront, and amphitheatre, the Old Port, Gorse Stacks and Barrs areas.

The plan also includes a timeline chart detailing the proposed phasing of all potential proposals, although the council has emphasised that this also is a basis for discussion and does not represent a fixed programme.

The plan is embracing some of the recommendations of a study taken by the Urban Land Institute in November last year.

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