A framework to improve Northwich is in the works. Credit: Stephen McKay, cc-by-sa/2.0

CWAC seeks Northwich framework partner

Cheshire West and Chester Council wants to appoint a consultancy to produce an evidence-based development framework for Northwich town centre.

The aim of the framework, said the council, will be “to provide a practical toolkit for CWAC and future developers and investors as they take forward regeneration proposals within the town, ensuring that investment decisions in Northwich town centre are not progressed in isolation”.

Expressions of interest are invited to the end of this week, with the aim being to appoint a firm to a £50,000 contract to be carried out this autumn. The project is suitable for SMEs, the council said.

Ultimately the framework should help to deliver on the vision of the Northwich Neighbourhood Plan. The council wants the framework to be data-led, allowing the development of a holistic approach to the future of Northwich town centre, considering people, place, environment, transport and movement, economy, housing, health and wellbeing.

CWAC said: “The town centre should be vibrant and attractive, safe to access at all times of day, a place where people want to spend time, have a strong sense of community, attract businesses to set up and grow, value its heritage assets and build on its uniqueness.”

The local authority has been on the front foot in recent times in pushing forward town and city centre development across the county.

CWAC bought the Winsford Cross shopping centre to enable wider redevelopment of that centre, with B&M now committed as an anchor, while it has also had to take the lead on Chester’s long-running retail-led Northgate scheme.

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