Landmark £10.8m vision for Watling Street gets green light

The proposed scheme

Regeneration business Galliford Try Partnerships’ £10.8m vision for the former council offices on Watling Street, Northwich, has been given the go-ahead by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The plans for 70, high-quality apartments for the over-55s have been approved by planners, paving the way for the demolition of the old building and a new development which will include a bistro and bring boutique hotel-style living to Northwich for the first time.

The collaboration between Cheshire West and Chester Council, architects Pozzoni, Euan Kellie Property Solutions and Galliford Try Partnerships ensures the final design complements the historic look of the town centre.

The planning application was approved today, November 28, and work will now begin on the clearance of the site early next year.

Brendan Blythe, managing director at Galliford Try Partnerships North West, said: “We’re delighted that this important investment and housing development for Northwich has been given the green light.

“Throughout the consultation and design development process we have worked closely with local people, historians and planning experts to make sure we deliver a landmark scheme to help to improve the look and feel of Northwich town centre on this brownfield site.”

The application has been designed as a contemporary reflection of the black and white timber-framed buildings synonymous with Northwich.

Architects Pozzoni have created the design for the site in collaboration with independent experts and in line with Northwich’s Neighbourhood Plan.

The site will see Northwich-inspired irregular height roof lines making the development look like a collection of smaller buildings, different colours of brick within the design to reflect the local architecture, and ‘push and pull’ frontages to the building.

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