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Landowners want to team up for regeneration
AN EYESORE in the centre of Northwich could be brought back into use if landowners can convince the council to join them.
Three private owners of the derelict buildings at the bottom of Winnington Hill and Castle Street want to join together to sell their land.
But they need to team up with Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), which owns a neighbouring 1.64-acre site at Lock Street, next to the River Weaver, to create a more attractive package for developers.
John Fifield, chairman of Fifield Glyn Chartered Surveyors, said: “We have drawn up a scheme – it’s just an architect’s doodle at this stage but it shows what could be done if this site is put together.
“What’s holding it up at the moment is that CWAC isn’t willing to come in with the other three private owners on a joint venture.
“The council owns most of the land because it was the old Manweb showroom with the maintenance depot at the back, so CWAC is the biggest owner.
“Ourselves and two other private owners own the derelict properties.
“We three have reached an agreement as to how we might go forward with a joint sale to a developer.”
The concept drawing is for a mixed use scheme of offices, public open space, a family restaurant, car parking and residential properties.
Mr Fifield said: “CWAC doesn’t have to buy anything, it can just enter into an agreement with the other owners to a joint sale, someone else comes and pumps money in to a scheme.
“It could move forward if CWAC would go with the flow.”
He said that there had been interest from hotel, residential and retirement home sectors but that developers wanted a ready-made package of land.
“They don’t want to get involved in trying to piece the site together, they want to be offered a package to go,” Mr Fifield said.
A spokesman for CWAC said: “We have been approached regarding a proposal involving land at Lock Street.
“However, this is not something we would wish to pursue at this stage.”