Northwich readies for 34-acre regeneration
Cheshire West and Chester Council is expected to approve a development framework for the town at its cabinet meeting next Wednesday.
The Northwich Town Centre Development Framework intends to guide the future regeneration of the town centre and the introduction of a live-work community as the town itself prepares for an increase in population.
Within the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan, the town of Northwich is labelled as having a potential for 1,560 new homes to be built. These homes could add an extra 5,000 people thus bringing the town’s population up to nearly 12,500. Within the town centre, around 230 homes are proposed.
Drawn up by Planit-IE, the Northwich Town Centre Development Framework earmarks 13 key project and opportunity sites for future development within the town centre.
The largest of these plots is Barons Quay at the edge of the River Weaver. The vision for the area includes a new riverside walkway and recreational spaces, while a modern health facility and flexible office space are proposed for the vacant waterside units.
Proposals also seek to re-purpose heritage buildings to support the cultural and civic offer in Northwich, with the town’s library to be repurposed as a community hub.
Weaver Square is another key area recognised for improvements in the framework, with the creation of a new residential-led development anchored by open space outlined. The square remains mostly vacant since it lost its market due to a fire in 2020, “creating unattractive streets”, according to the document.
Market Street and Lower Witton Street are both earmarked for public realm improvements to encourage town centre connections and to provide an al fresco offer for businesses.
Other sites primed for redevelopment are Winnington Hill, Tabley Street, London Road, Victoria Bridge, Leicester Street Old Depot, Victoria Infirmary, British Waterways, and the Old Dairy site.
CWAC appointed Planit-IE, along with Civic Engineers, as partners on the development framework last August.