An ambitious project which would see a dramatic alteration to the appearance of Northwich is to go ahead. This will lead to not only new commercial developments, but also housing, so we can expect to see a number of new home conversions in Cheshire once the project is fully complete.

Councillors have come together to ensure that the £80m Barons Quay redevelopment project will finally see the light of day.

Cheshire West Chester Council and’s planning committee unanimously passed proposal for a hotel and housing, a petrol station, restaurants, bars, shops, a supermarket and a multiplex cinema.

Supermarket and cinema operators have not yet been named. However, CWAC head of property and regeneration Noel O’Neill said that, once approved, they would finalise the legal agreements. He said:

“This is a totally commercially driven scheme, a real scheme with real occupiers.

“We have got terms agreed with operators for both the cinema and the food store.

“If you go with approval this will be a momentus day forward for us to sign this off.”

Councillor Keith Burcher, Ledsham and Manor ward committee member, clearly likes what he has seen so far from the project. He said:

“I’ve seen Northwich on a map and passed road signs indicating Northwich and then carried on, therefore today I was surprisingly and genuinely impressed by the existing high street and seeing the plans and the imaginative way it will be incorporated within the new scheme.”

The project is anticipated to create 1,400 new jobs.