Cheshire West & Chester Council has appointed Colliers International to write a development framework for a green technology park in the New Bridge Road area in Ellesmere Port.
Colliers will draw up recommended planning uses and a delivery programme for an area of around 150 acres.
Andrew Delaney, lead director for the study based at the Manchester office of Colliers International, said: "There are many strengths that can be built upon as we look to develop this framework. Ellesmere Port has outstanding access to the motorway network and a strong tradition in the energy sector with companies such as Shell and EA Technology. In addition, there are embedded manufacturing skills and a plentiful land supply, much of which is under council control."
Delaney said the Council intended to enhance the economic prospects of Ellesmere Port by improving its appearance and public transport links and increasing the range of skills available to its workforce.
Colliers will lead a team that includes other consultants: the Liverpool office of Urban Practitioners will give advice on masterplanning, ARCA will provide architectural input and the Manchester studio of consulting engineers Stockley will be responsible for advising on urban design, highways and movement, engineering and site conditions.
Tony Clark, manager for Ellesmere Port in the special projects team at Cheshire West & Cheshire Council, said: "It's exciting times for Ellesmere Port. The council has recently facilitated the establishment of the Ellesmere Port Development Board, led by the private sector to set the agenda for investment and development in the future. The board will be committed to ensuring that opportunities created through its investment are shared with the local people to enable them to participate in new economic activity.
"This piece of work will set out an exciting vision for an important area of the town, as Ellesmere Port embraces a new generation of energy industries. We look forward to working with the Colliers' team over the next four months."