Broadway Malyan has secured approval from the Cheshire West and Chester Council in the UK for an £80m scheme to transform the town centre in Barons Quay, Northwich.
After completion, the 8.26ha riverside Barons Quay development will feature a multi-screen cinema, supermarket, hotel, restaurants, bars, shops and a petrol station.
Plans also include 1,159 car parking spaces and parking for 278 cycles to replace the existing 794 spaces on the site, which is surrounded by Weaver Navigation, Witton Street/High Street, and the Matalan and Sainsbury’s stores.
Broadway Malyan said the development will take advantage of the river frontage while creating strong links to traditional shopping areas.
Broadway Malyan director Matt Brook said the development will feature a series of simple elegant buildings and three new major public spaces linked by a series of new retail streets.
"The planning green light is a major milestone in the creation of a unique visitor destination that capitalises on Northwich’s waterfront and parkland setting and references its industrial heritage as a fully integrated extension to the town centre," Brook said.
The council said that significant development of Northwich town centre has been delayed for decades due to subsidence fears, which were dealt with by a £32m project completed in 2007 to fill in abandoned salt mines below the town centre.
The council’s study predicts that the Barons Quay development will not have an adverse effect on the performance of the town centre but would help reverse a trend of people shopping elsewhere.
Cheshire West and Chester Council councillor and executive member for prosperity Herbert Manley said the development is a significant part of an overall scheme to improve the lifestyle and prospects of residents.
"The proposals are designed to enhance the existing businesses, not to damage them, with the new development embracing the river frontage and integrating with the traditional shopping areas," Manley said.
Construction on the site is expected to start by autumn 2014 and complete by the end of 2016.
Image: Upon completion, the development will feature a multi-screen cinema, major food store, hotel, restaurants and bars. Photo: Broadway Malyan.