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    Chester Northgate

Chester Northgate – a new market and leisure destination in the heart of Chester

After over 20 years of planning, delays and false starts, work started in July 2020 to transform the northwest of the city centre.

Chester Northgate is not a new shopping centre; it is a development of open streets, an arcade and square that will integrate seamlessly with the surrounding parts of Chester City Centre, including:

  • A six-screen cinema
  • Cafés, bars and restaurants
  • A new, indoor market, see more at www.newchester.market
  • New multi-storey parking and cycle hub
  • Office spaces

The development, due to begin opening in November 2022, will build on the success of Storyhouse and complement the existing businesses on Northgate Street. The old library frontage will be transformed into the new Coachworks Arcade and provide a stunning arched entrance into the development, which will also be accessible from Hunter Street and Princess Street.

The scheme will also create a new public Exchange Square for the city, linking the new market hall, Storyhouse and the Town Hall.

Need a quick overview? See our Northgate Fast Facts page

Please also see our Newsletters and Frequently Asked Questions for the latest information on the project, plus our YouTube Northgate channel.

Read more about the Archaeology of the site.

Chester Growth Partnership

Chester Growth Partnership, along with key partners, will deliver a programme of improvements in Chester as part of the One City Plan, the 15 year strategy which guides the future economic regeneration of Chester.

Planning Application Details

Chester Northgate has unanimous support from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Planning Committee.

I’d like to thank everyone who gave us their views on the project. It’s been fantastic to hear the passion people have for Chester and their clear interest in its future regeneration.

Cllr  Richard Beacham

This is the largest regeneration project being delivered by the Council in decades and is expected to bring significant benefits for the city of Chester.

Cllr Stuart Parker