Agents on the move, development plans dusted off, investment market heating up, housing sagas rolling on – Place North West looks back at the stories that attracted readers more than others in the past 12 months.
See below for overall top 20 stories of 2014
Best read stories by month
Warrington Council called for urgent talks with Peel Ports to stop traffic disruption in the town centre caused by the Manchester Ship Canal swing bridge.
Sir Howard Bernstein predicted a surge in city centre residential developments in the next 12 to 18 months.
DTZ announced a raft of promotions, including office agent Chris Lloyd and Manchester head John Keyes.
The deputy leader of Cheshire East published a letter of thanks for the 36,000 responses during the consultation on the local plan.
Allied London outlined proposals for pop-up shops, bars and restaurants at a consultation event.
A JV of Capital & Centric and Henry Boot, funded by equity investment from five Premier League footballers, was named as one of the bidders for this Manchester city centre site. The JV ultimately won the contest.
The inaugural meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority ended in dispute; with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson seeking legal advice after the leadership vote was allegedly held in secret.
A planning inspector overruled the council on a new housing application, stating that it could not demonstrate a five-year housing supply.
The council said it had requested legal advice over the planning inspectorate's decision to approve an application at Elworth Hall farm.
Two Lambert Smith Hampton directors in Manchester, Nick Davies and James Ogborn, left the firm to form a new consultancy, Axis Property.
The Cheshire East Council leader called for cross-party support for the local plan, and told UKIP and Labour "stop talking half-truths".
The 140,000 sq ft S-shaped building on Piccadilly Station approach was bought by LaSalle Investment Management.
The planning inspector overseeing the local plan examination questioned the "adequacy and methodology" of the council's housing assessment.
Dennis Henderson, commercial director on the board of Peel Ports Group, left the business suddenly after four years.
Claremont Group Interiors completed the fit-out of Auto Trader's 60,000 sq ft office in Ask Developments' Number One First Street.
Network Rail and Manchester City Council appointed DTZ to find a developer for a major mixed-use scheme on land at Oxford Road train station.
A North Wales cliff-top home designed by the Manchester-based studio featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs.
The Homes & Communities Agency launched the search for new heads of area for Cheshire & Warrington and Greater Manchester.
The owner of the regional airport for Lancashire and the Lake District set a deadline of 7 October to find a buyer. The airport reopened with a reduced service for private flights, not open to the public.
The developer released a detailed image of its plans for the former BBC Oxford Road site in Manchester.
The inspector overseeing Cheshire East's local plan published his interim views, warning that without key changes the plan is likely to be found unsound.
Developer Argent announced at the One St Peter's Square launch that James Heather, partner, and Angela Fielding, senior projects director, will leave the company in 2015.
Rupert Barron, who left Colliers International in October, joined Manchester-based WHR as partner responsible for the firm's office agency team.
A joint venture between Capital & Centric and Carillion, alongside Bruntwood, First Step, Valad and Muse, have put forward proposals for the Manchester city centre site.
Top 20 best read stories of 2014
- Blackpool Airport reaches closure deadline
- First look at Auto Trader office
- Open letter from Cllr Michael Jones Cheshire East Council
- Inspector concerned by Cheshire East strategy
- Michael Kors opens in Liverpool ONE
- Old Granada Studios interim plans emerge
- Realty rebrands BBC site as Oxford Square
- Globe Construction folds
- First view inside One St Peter's Square
- DTZ to head development contest at Oxford Road station
- Inspector slams Cheshire East plan
- First look at HS2 stations at Manchester Airport and Crewe
- Liverpool Combined Authority threatens to implode in first week
- Cheshire East loses again at housing inquiry
- AZ happy with progress on Alderley Park sale
- Henry Boot JV with Capital & Centric wins Aytoun Street
- Peel Ports commercial director leaves
- Tishbi sells Gateway House for £26m
- Peel and Warrington in war of words over swing bridge
- JMU starts £80m Copperas Hill development