Work has started on a £19m development in the middle of the largest housing estate in Chester. The project will involve the creation of a complex in the style of a miniature town centre.

Once the work is completed by builders in Chester, the demand for kitchen renovations, along with other upgrades such as sound systems and underfloor heating, is expected to rise.

The complex will offer a number of new homes, the residents of which will benefit from a children’s play area and a health and enterprise centre.

The area’s residents are thought to be ecstatic over the plans, which have been in the pipeline for close to a decade. The community initially began campaigning for change in the area back in 2004.

Councillor Reggie Jones has maintained his support of the redevelopment. He said:

“The redevelopment of the Parade is something which has been a long time in the making but now residents are beginning to see visible signs of it becoming a reality, which is excellent.

“A lot of hard work has been put in to bringing this redevelopment about, so it is an exciting time.”

The development has been granted planning permission although project heads are working on solving certain conditions before the official green light is given.

Some of the vacant flats which overlook the Parade, along with a row of shops, will be torn down to create space for the new enterprise centre.

Chester Council and Chester West and Chester and District Housing Trust, along with a number of other organisations, are trying their best to ensure the development is completed by 2015.