New hotel added to £300m regeneration project in Chester


The development of a new hotel has been added to the £300m regeneration plan to develop Northgate in Chester into a flagship retail and leisure site.

The plan, which is due to be submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday, includes the build of a new 168-bedroom hotel, replacing the existing Crowne Plaza complex.

If given the go ahead, this would free up the site of the current 1980’s Crowne Plaza for the planned anchor department store, another element of the area’s epic masterplan.

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The new hotel would also provide conference and spa facilities, a rooftop restaurant and public car parking in a pocket between Princess Street and Hunter Street.

The Northgate ‘masterplan’ was first put together in 2012, and is described as a ‘superior overall regeneration scheme’ for the area.
Developers hope this latest addition to the proposal will help bring planning permission forward to early 2016.

Cllr Samantha Dixon, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The delivery of Chester Northgate has been a longstanding aspiration for the council and one on which there has been consensus across party political lines.

“I look forward to discussing the enhanced masterplan proposals with my Cabinet colleagues. This is an important step in shaping the future vision for the city.”

The scheme also includes plans for the converted and extended former library building to be home to restaurants and bars, complementing the nearby £37m theatre, cinema and library development.

Residential accommodation also features in the revised proposals, with 40 apartments being cited as an integral part of the scheme.