Public invited to view regeneration proposals for Northwich Marina

Plans would create up to 230 jobs for local people

H20, the national joint venture company owned by British Waterways and bloc, is inviting local residents and businesses to view its proposals to regenerate Northwich Marina. (Northwich Marina update PDF, 268KB)

The plans, which would create up to 230 jobs for local people, include:

  • New Extra Care Housing – McCarthy & Stone will be providing a development of 58 homes for the elderly for sale, including a number of on-site facilities such as a restaurant.
  • A quality 18,000 net sq. ft. food store operated by Waitrose and parking for town centre shoppers (comparatively, its Sandbach store is 23,000 sq. ft.)
  • Improvements to the waterways, including a new marina providing up to 40 mooring berths, and access to the waterfront through a number of quality public spaces.
  • New waterside leisure / restaurant / cafe facilities.

H20 is continuing to work closely with the existing J & S motorbike and accessories store, to integrate them into the scheme, and is providing assistance to reopen the Plaza cinema on the northern side of town.

An exhibition will be at 14 Market Way, CW9 5BA (next to Thornton’s) in Weaver Square, Northwich on;

  • Friday 25th November: 12noon – 5pm
  • Saturday 26th November: 10am – 3pm

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council early next year.

Richard Thomas, Director of bloc and Development Manager for H20, said;

“The proposals for Northwich Marina will be a vital contribution to the wider regeneration of Northwich Town Centre in line with the Council’s overriding planning strategy, the aspirations of local residents, local businesses and the wider community.  We hope that residents and businesses come along to the Public Exhibitions to see the proposals and give their comments.  Members of the Development team will be at the Public Exhibitions to explain the proposals and to answer questions from residents and businesses.

“These proposals will regenerate a long underused and mostly vacant site that has severe constraints to development.  This is an opportunity to deliver a significant phase of the town’s regeneration plans in a relatively short timescale, as well as providing a potential catalyst for future phases of regeneration in Northwich.”

Mike Coates, British Waterways Investment & Development Manager (North), said;

“The proposals will enable new investment in the waterways to maintain and enhance the local waterways network for the benefit of waterways users and provide public access to Northwich’s new waterfront.  The new development will be of the highest standards of design as befits the site’s important location.

“The proposed mix of uses at Northwich Marina will add to the town centre in a way that does not compete with established commercial areas and creates the opportunity for a mixed use, sustainable scheme that will open up access to the waterfront and bring much needed new investment to the town centre, which is especially welcome in the current difficult economic circumstances.”

Steve Secker, Regional Managing Director, McCarthy & Stone, said;

“McCarthy & Stone’s strength lies in our experience of building superb homes tailored to the needs and aspirations of our residents.  Our Extra Care developments allow people to make the most of their retirement years giving peace of mind, comfort and independence, providing a home for the remainder of their life regardless of changes in their care needs.  Given the nature of the proposal, our Northwich Marina scheme will introduce a sensitive form of development which will be designed to complement the surrounding area.

“This exhibition will give residents and stakeholders the opportunity to view the plans so far and allow local people to speak to the project team and provide their feedback.”

Nigel Keen, Waitrose Director of Development, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to realise a long-standing ambition to open a store in Northwich and invest in a regeneration project that we are confident will deliver significant benefits to the town.  We firmly believe that through revitalising a site in such a prominent location, H20′s plans can make a positive contribution to the town.”

Gillian Edwards said; “This site is going to look stunning, really opening up the beautiful waterfront and capturing one of our key landmarks, the river, which is so important to Northwich’s history.  Naturally we are upset and disappointed about the loss of the Regal but realistically the building is beyond saving and the fact that the Plaza which is owned by the same family as the Regal, will once again operate as a community cinema is great for the town’s continuity.

“We are entering a very exciting phase in Northwich’s history, lessons have been learnt from the past and we all have a duty to secure legacies for the future as we move forward.  Both the Marina site and the Plaza will be shining examples of this, embracing both old and new and retaining the heritage of the town as the fundamental priority.

“It’s very bitter sweet but the fact that the Regal will be no more has resulted in numerous opportunities for us with the Plaza that we never thought possible.  I cannot thank bloc H20 enough for their ongoing support towards our project and let’s all look forward to a bright future for Northwich.”

Geoff Hope-Terry, Chair, Weaver Valley Partnership, said; “We welcome and fully support this initiative.  There must be a ‘whole-town’ approach to regeneration in Northwich and the development of the Marina site is a key part of that.  It will not only open up the riverside area, but it will also link the waterfront through to both the development at Barons Quay and the site around the Memorial Hall.  This is great news for the town and shows that good progress is being made.”