Talking West Cheshire

Northgate Partnership bids to extend planning permission

2 June 2010

Chester’s Northgate Limited Partnership has applied to extend its existing planning permission for the city centre Northgate Development Scheme.

The application for a five year extension - the current consent expires at the end of this month - will be considered by Cheshire West and Chester’s Strategic Planning Committee, probably in September.

And today (Wednesday) Cllr Herbert Manley, Executive Member for Prosperity, said: "Talks are continuing amongst the partners and it is hoped to announce a way forward within a relatively short time.

"The application will ensure that the site continues to retain its retail protection and that the door of opportunity is kept open."

And he added: "It will also safeguard all the groundwork that has been done so far."

The application to extend consent has been made under the Town and Country Planning General Development Procedure (Order).

Said a spokesman for Northgate Partnership: "The guidance was introduced to recognise the impact of the economic downturn on major developments and to safeguard the delivery of significant regeneration projects."

The Partnership today (Wednesday) re-emphasised its commitment to the delivery and re-development of the Northgate Area of Chester city centre and will continue to work with all stakeholders to secure an appropriate and viable scheme.

Said Cllr Manley: "The economic conditions continue to be very challenging for major city centre projects but Northgate is currently one of the few major city centre retail-led schemes currently being considered by developers."

Whilst only a dramatic upturn in the economic climate would facilitate the original scheme involving 400,000 square feet of retail space, ING and Land Securities, in partnership with the Council, are currently considering revised plans for this key area of  Chester’s city centre.