Council to acquire properties to move forward with Chester Northgate

Cheshire West and Chester Council has made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to acquire 70 properties in Chester city centre, part of the next phase of Chester Northgate.

The properties and other interests in the Chester Northgate area are framed generally by Hunter Street, St Martins Way, the rear of Watergate Street and Northgate Street behind Town Hall Square, where the new mixed use retail and leisure development will be built.

The Council has been having discussions with the affected property owners for some time who are aware of why a CPO is necessary to deliver the new redevelopment and will receive a copy of the order over the next week.

Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure said: “We acknowledge that making a CPO to acquire property interests can be difficult for property owners so we have been meeting and talking with them for some time to try and get an agreement that is right for all parties.

“This is a necessary step towards delivering the new Chester Northgate. We are now closer than we have ever been before. The finish line may be in the distance but we are marching towards it.

“We are committed to creating and investing in a vibrant city. We have delivered on Storyhouse, we have delivered Frodsham Street and our residents can trust that we will deliver on Northgate too.”