CPO made for Barons Quay land

CPO made for Barons Quay land

CPO made for Barons Quay land

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A COMPULSORY purchase order (CPO) has been made for land needed in to regenerate Northwich town centre.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) has issued the official notice of the CPO for the remaining land needed to develop Barons Quay.

CWAC already owns 93 per cent of the land required for the scheme and the CPO is to secure the remainder.

Clr Herbert Manley, executive member for growth and innovation, said: “The CPO is the next step in delivering this hugely important scheme which will create 1,500 jobs and transform Northwich into one of the North West’s busiest market towns by 2016.”

The closing date for objections to the CPO is February 7.

If any objections are received the Secretary of State may appoint an inspector to chair a public inquiry, which would take place later this year.

CWAC has approved the £80m riverside development which is designed to enhance and increase footfall to the existing town centre with pedestrian links to Witton Street, Market Square and the new Memorial Court leisure complex.

In addition to a cinema and an Asda superstore, Barons Quay is set to include cafes, restaurants, shops, new homes and hundreds of car parking spaces.

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11:38am Wed 15 Jan 14

L Byrne says...

Is the councillor having a laugh?

A new Asda store, adding to the six others that we already have, is going to 'transform Northwich' . Unbelievable! It would more likely make it a laughing stock by allowing developers to build a large and grotty looking supermarket on potentially the most attractive riverside site in Cheshire.

Hopefully, enough people will register objections with the Secretary of State that this madness can be stopped and Baron's Quay can become a place that we can all take a pride in as well as create jobs and not just an opportunity for Asda to make profits to send back to the US.

PS to Councillor Manley. CWAC Council could do make to 'transform Northwich' by addressing its attention to sorting out the disgraceful shambles that is Weaver Square and the sewage smell that doubtlessly will return to Witton Street when the weather warms up.
Is the councillor having a laugh? A new Asda store, adding to the six others that we already have, is going to 'transform Northwich' . Unbelievable! It would more likely make it a laughing stock by allowing developers to build a large and grotty looking supermarket on potentially the most attractive riverside site in Cheshire. Hopefully, enough people will register objections with the Secretary of State that this madness can be stopped and Baron's Quay can become a place that we can all take a pride in as well as create jobs and not just an opportunity for Asda to make profits to send back to the US. PS to Councillor Manley. CWAC Council could do make to 'transform Northwich' by addressing its attention to sorting out the disgraceful shambles that is Weaver Square and the sewage smell that doubtlessly will return to Witton Street when the weather warms up. L Byrne
  • Score: -1

12:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Quoman says...

You can register as many objections as you like, they will fall on deaf ears, Re: Moulton and Davenham developements, absolute farce!
You can register as many objections as you like, they will fall on deaf ears, Re: Moulton and Davenham developements, absolute farce! Quoman
  • Score: 9

4:58pm Wed 15 Jan 14

onered says...

Add the Developments planned for Hartford, approval given against the wishes of the Local Electorate.
Add the Developments planned for Hartford, approval given against the wishes of the Local Electorate. onered
  • Score: 9

5:52pm Wed 15 Jan 14

L Byrne says...

Sorry, I have just noticed a spelling mistake in my last para above. The word 'make' should be 'more'.

While it occurs to me, readers who want an idea of what CWAC Council has in mind for Northwich should take a look at the Halton Lea Shopping Centre in Runcorn which is centred around , guess what, an Asda superstore and a multi-screen cinema! It really is a dismal and usually deserted place.

Meanwhile, Chester gets its Northgate Development , estimated cost £300million and rising, financed by CWAC Council ie us. Northwich gets an Asda on the riverbank.

Who would guess that the majority of councillors on CWAC Council live in Chester and the surrounding area?
Sorry, I have just noticed a spelling mistake in my last para above. The word 'make' should be 'more'. While it occurs to me, readers who want an idea of what CWAC Council has in mind for Northwich should take a look at the Halton Lea Shopping Centre in Runcorn which is centred around , guess what, an Asda superstore and a multi-screen cinema! It really is a dismal and usually deserted place. Meanwhile, Chester gets its Northgate Development , estimated cost £300million and rising, financed by CWAC Council ie us. Northwich gets an Asda on the riverbank. Who would guess that the majority of councillors on CWAC Council live in Chester and the surrounding area? L Byrne
  • Score: 6

6:02pm Wed 15 Jan 14

onered says...

Clr Herbert Manley, executive member for growth and innovation resides in Hartford, but he never seems to make any moves which would be considered as constructive and benifit for the Northwich Electorate
Clr Herbert Manley, executive member for growth and innovation resides in Hartford, but he never seems to make any moves which would be considered as constructive and benifit for the Northwich Electorate onered
  • Score: 4

9:57pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Sue Statham says...

Sorry, what was the comment from Councillor Manley?
Did he say "transform Northwich into one of the North West's busiest market towns" or was it "transform Northwich into one of the North West's busiest supermarket towns"?
What is Cheshire West and Chester Council doing to Northwich and its surrounding villages? They've handed us to the developers on a plate, and haven't listened to a word we have said. I do hope this widespread anger at the way local residents views have been listened to and then totally ignored will manifest itself at the next Cheshire West and Chester Council elections.
Sue Statham
Resident of Wincham,......the one in the Domesday Book that is, not the recently created Wincham Urban Village !!
Sorry, what was the comment from Councillor Manley? Did he say "transform Northwich into one of the North West's busiest market towns" or was it "transform Northwich into one of the North West's busiest supermarket towns"? What is Cheshire West and Chester Council doing to Northwich and its surrounding villages? They've handed us to the developers on a plate, and haven't listened to a word we have said. I do hope this widespread anger at the way local residents views have been listened to and then totally ignored will manifest itself at the next Cheshire West and Chester Council elections. Sue Statham Resident of Wincham,......the one in the Domesday Book that is, not the recently created Wincham Urban Village !! Sue Statham
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Jack Hay says...

I think people here are forgetting that Barons Quay is not being handed over to a developer. The developer is CW&C. The appearance of the superstore is already settled; you can look at it in the plans and and mock-ups. Asda do not get to choose how it looks, they will be tenants, they just get to fit up the interior. Weaver Square is a different case - CW&C do not own it - there is a (bankrupt) landlord and the ownership needs to be sorted out first. It would probably help us all if CW&C could take control of that and it can be incorporated in the town centre redevelopment, but it will not be in the budget as the bankruptcy could not be foreseen.
I think people here are forgetting that Barons Quay is not being handed over to a developer. The developer is CW&C. The appearance of the superstore is already settled; you can look at it in the plans and and mock-ups. Asda do not get to choose how it looks, they will be tenants, they just get to fit up the interior. Weaver Square is a different case - CW&C do not own it - there is a (bankrupt) landlord and the ownership needs to be sorted out first. It would probably help us all if CW&C could take control of that and it can be incorporated in the town centre redevelopment, but it will not be in the budget as the bankruptcy could not be foreseen. Jack Hay
  • Score: -2

1:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Sue Statham says...

Northwich is turning into a "clone" town in front of our very eyes. I can't believe that this is the "Northwich Vision" eagerly awaited by local residents.
Green belt, flood plain, river front........where will Cheshire West and Cheshire Council focus on next?
We want new houses and new jobs and prosperity, but there is a right way of attaining all this. The Council should work with residents and not against them. Perhaps this Council should consider a policy change ?
Northwich is turning into a "clone" town in front of our very eyes. I can't believe that this is the "Northwich Vision" eagerly awaited by local residents. Green belt, flood plain, river front........where will Cheshire West and Cheshire Council focus on next? We want new houses and new jobs and prosperity, but there is a right way of attaining all this. The Council should work with residents and not against them. Perhaps this Council should consider a policy change ? Sue Statham
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Daniel18 says...

Sue,
I can tell you that I am a Northwich resident and I am eagerly awaiting the Baron's Quay (Northwich Vision) development.
I look forward to the day when I can walk down to Northwich Town centre and watch a film a the cinema & have a meal in a restaurant - rather than doing what I currently do and driver to Ellesmere Port or The Trafford Centre.
Liam,
Baron's Quay is nothing like Halton Lea Shopping Centre. For a start Asda and the Cinema aren't even in Halton Lea Shopping centre! Just because Asda is going to occupy the unit and there will be a cinema does not suddenly turn Northwich into Runcorn - Just because you don't like the look of the new development doesn't mean that the rest of Northwich feels the same as you. Baron’s Quay is costing over £80m and with the other developments that have taken place in Northwich CWaC will have spent over £100m on our town – so how on earth can you say that all of our money is being spent on Chester???
Quoman & Onered,
The developments in Davenham, Moulton & Harford are all thanks to Mr David Cameron & his good friend Eric Pickles - along with everyone who voted Tory at the last election. CWaC have had their hands tied by their decision to rip up the Green Belt and allow developers to build wherever they want.
Jack Hay,
Finally someone who talks some sense! I agree with you 100%, Weaver Square has got nothing to do with CWaC. It is owned by a private company who have gone bust. The reason for the centre’s demise is due to the fact that all of the units with in the centre are too small for the retailers who are looking to come to Northwich.
It’s good to see that developments are actually happening in Northwich, for the last 10 years we’ve just been given plans and nothing has actually happened – finally residents can see that money is actually being spent on the Town.
PS. I vote Labour in the last local Government Elections
Sue, I can tell you that I am a Northwich resident and I am eagerly awaiting the Baron's Quay (Northwich Vision) development. I look forward to the day when I can walk down to Northwich Town centre and watch a film a the cinema & have a meal in a restaurant - rather than doing what I currently do and driver to Ellesmere Port or The Trafford Centre. Liam, Baron's Quay is nothing like Halton Lea Shopping Centre. For a start Asda and the Cinema aren't even in Halton Lea Shopping centre! Just because Asda is going to occupy the unit and there will be a cinema does not suddenly turn Northwich into Runcorn - Just because you don't like the look of the new development doesn't mean that the rest of Northwich feels the same as you. Baron’s Quay is costing over £80m and with the other developments that have taken place in Northwich CWaC will have spent over £100m on our town – so how on earth can you say that all of our money is being spent on Chester??? Quoman & Onered, The developments in Davenham, Moulton & Harford are all thanks to Mr David Cameron & his good friend Eric Pickles - along with everyone who voted Tory at the last election. CWaC have had their hands tied by their decision to rip up the Green Belt and allow developers to build wherever they want. Jack Hay, Finally someone who talks some sense! I agree with you 100%, Weaver Square has got nothing to do with CWaC. It is owned by a private company who have gone bust. The reason for the centre’s demise is due to the fact that all of the units with in the centre are too small for the retailers who are looking to come to Northwich. It’s good to see that developments are actually happening in Northwich, for the last 10 years we’ve just been given plans and nothing has actually happened – finally residents can see that money is actually being spent on the Town. PS. I vote Labour in the last local Government Elections Daniel18
  • Score: 7

5:54pm Thu 16 Jan 14

onered says...

Daniel18

The main reason the developments proposed for Hartford, Davenham, and Moulton were approved on appeal is due to C.W.A.C. not having a Development Plan in place.
Daniel18 The main reason the developments proposed for Hartford, Davenham, and Moulton were approved on appeal is due to C.W.A.C. not having a Development Plan in place. onered
  • Score: 6

6:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

onered says...

To clear up more grot areas, C.W.A.C. should consider issuing C.P.Os. for the purchase of the Old Victoria Club, John Street and the Old Motorcycle Shop at the Junction of London Road and Chester Way.
To clear up more grot areas, C.W.A.C. should consider issuing C.P.Os. for the purchase of the Old Victoria Club, John Street and the Old Motorcycle Shop at the Junction of London Road and Chester Way. onered
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Daniel18 says...

onered
The Development plans are worth the paper they are written on - just have a look at Cheshire East - they put one together and Mr Pickles just ripped it up and threw it back at them.
I agree it would be great f the council could buy all of the grot areas, but there isn't the money to do everything.
onered The Development plans are worth the paper they are written on - just have a look at Cheshire East - they put one together and Mr Pickles just ripped it up and threw it back at them. I agree it would be great f the council could buy all of the grot areas, but there isn't the money to do everything. Daniel18
  • Score: -5

10:57pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Sue Statham says...

Daniel18
I hope you get what you wish for. Of course you should be able to go to the cinema and eat in nice restaurants, but this does not alter the fact that Northwich will be a "clone" town.
As you say, the reason that all the development in the surrounding villages is going ahead is that CWAC Council has not got a Development Plan in place. I just wonder how many more "urban villages" CWAC Council can squeeze into the environs of our town?
and finally,
it's all well and good for CWAC Council to spend millions of pounds on the town, but I do hope that a sum of money, enough to sort out the disgusting sewage smell in Witton Street, has been included in the "budget". What an absolute disgrace if the "Northwich Vision" was totally ruined by the malodorous " Northwich Smell".
Daniel18 I hope you get what you wish for. Of course you should be able to go to the cinema and eat in nice restaurants, but this does not alter the fact that Northwich will be a "clone" town. As you say, the reason that all the development in the surrounding villages is going ahead is that CWAC Council has not got a Development Plan in place. I just wonder how many more "urban villages" CWAC Council can squeeze into the environs of our town? and finally, it's all well and good for CWAC Council to spend millions of pounds on the town, but I do hope that a sum of money, enough to sort out the disgusting sewage smell in Witton Street, has been included in the "budget". What an absolute disgrace if the "Northwich Vision" was totally ruined by the malodorous " Northwich Smell". Sue Statham
  • Score: -4

12:16am Fri 17 Jan 14

onered says...

Daniel18

There should be more than enough money available if Steve the wonder and Jones the Mike got there act together.
Daniel18 There should be more than enough money available if Steve the wonder and Jones the Mike got there act together. onered
  • Score: -4

8:42am Fri 17 Jan 14

MrT1976 says...

I like the redevelopment of what is essentially a dead town. I much prefer what is happening as opposed to leaving it as is and having a town full of disgusting cash converter/fast cash shops full of the undesirables of Northwich selling anything and everything to get some more cash to spend of getting jacked up until their next government hand-out arrives in the post. Bring on the new Northwich I say.....and yes I have lived around here for all my 37 years.
I like the redevelopment of what is essentially a dead town. I much prefer what is happening as opposed to leaving it as is and having a town full of disgusting cash converter/fast cash shops full of the undesirables of Northwich selling anything and everything to get some more cash to spend of getting jacked up until their next government hand-out arrives in the post. Bring on the new Northwich I say.....and yes I have lived around here for all my 37 years. MrT1976
  • Score: 8

6:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Jack Hay says...

Sue Statham wrote:
Daniel18
I hope you get what you wish for. Of course you should be able to go to the cinema and eat in nice restaurants, but this does not alter the fact that Northwich will be a "clone" town.
As you say, the reason that all the development in the surrounding villages is going ahead is that CWAC Council has not got a Development Plan in place. I just wonder how many more "urban villages" CWAC Council can squeeze into the environs of our town?
and finally,
it's all well and good for CWAC Council to spend millions of pounds on the town, but I do hope that a sum of money, enough to sort out the disgusting sewage smell in Witton Street, has been included in the "budget". What an absolute disgrace if the "Northwich Vision" was totally ruined by the malodorous " Northwich Smell".
Sue, have you looked at the plans for the riverfront? I have. There are few other towns able to make use of the river frontage in the way Northwich can. We have two rivers and they're both going to be opened up. The setting of the new Waitrose store and the marina looks pretty good to me. It doesn't seem to me that this is going to be a 'clone town'. One more example; we have avoided an 'Arndale centre' type development so our town doesn't lose character that way, either.
[quote][p][bold]Sue Statham[/bold] wrote: Daniel18 I hope you get what you wish for. Of course you should be able to go to the cinema and eat in nice restaurants, but this does not alter the fact that Northwich will be a "clone" town. As you say, the reason that all the development in the surrounding villages is going ahead is that CWAC Council has not got a Development Plan in place. I just wonder how many more "urban villages" CWAC Council can squeeze into the environs of our town? and finally, it's all well and good for CWAC Council to spend millions of pounds on the town, but I do hope that a sum of money, enough to sort out the disgusting sewage smell in Witton Street, has been included in the "budget". What an absolute disgrace if the "Northwich Vision" was totally ruined by the malodorous " Northwich Smell".[/p][/quote]Sue, have you looked at the plans for the riverfront? I have. There are few other towns able to make use of the river frontage in the way Northwich can. We have two rivers and they're both going to be opened up. The setting of the new Waitrose store and the marina looks pretty good to me. It doesn't seem to me that this is going to be a 'clone town'. One more example; we have avoided an 'Arndale centre' type development so our town doesn't lose character that way, either. Jack Hay
  • Score: 8

10:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Sue Statham says...

Yes, I have seen plans for the riverfront. I do actively take interest in all development projects for the town. I do hope that by surrounding the failing town centre with supermarkets, that this will encourage footfall into the town, an assurance that has been given on many occasions, but having listened to a Radio 4 programme on this subject, in reality, the supermarkets take away business from the town centres.
As it stands now, there is very little to draw people into the existing town centre. There will have to be a good shake up and a much greater diversity of independent traders before we can create the much-lacking vibrancy in our town centre,..........and the issue of the drains must be a fundamental starting point if we want to recreate the vibrant town that I moved to over 30 years ago.
Yes, I have seen plans for the riverfront. I do actively take interest in all development projects for the town. I do hope that by surrounding the failing town centre with supermarkets, that this will encourage footfall into the town, an assurance that has been given on many occasions, but having listened to a Radio 4 programme on this subject, in reality, the supermarkets take away business from the town centres. As it stands now, there is very little to draw people into the existing town centre. There will have to be a good shake up and a much greater diversity of independent traders before we can create the much-lacking vibrancy in our town centre,..........and the issue of the drains must be a fundamental starting point if we want to recreate the vibrant town that I moved to over 30 years ago. Sue Statham
  • Score: -1

11:24am Sat 18 Jan 14

widge says...

Councillors at all levels can never do anything right.
They redevelop Northwich and are damned, they leave it alone and they are damned.
The town changed dramatically around the 1900s, sixty years later, more dramatic changes. Nearly sixty years on and more dramatic changes!
Life goes on and hopefully improves. Let's go with the flow and judge the efforts when the job is completed, we can't stop the development any way!
Councillors at all levels can never do anything right. They redevelop Northwich and are damned, they leave it alone and they are damned. The town changed dramatically around the 1900s, sixty years later, more dramatic changes. Nearly sixty years on and more dramatic changes! Life goes on and hopefully improves. Let's go with the flow and judge the efforts when the job is completed, we can't stop the development any way! widge
  • Score: 5

12:32pm Sun 19 Jan 14

northwich_cyclist says...

While I don't particularly like the wind-tunnel architecture of the Baron's Quay plans, it's really a case of better something than nothing. Once the river frontage is opened up, and starts to attract quality businesses - cafes, restaurants etc. - then that will have a positive knock-on effect on the rest of the town. At the end of the day the character of any town is dictated by the people who use that town. If we ignore the centre, if we refuse to engage with events, if we criticise without being constructive, then we only have ourselves to blame if it all goes pear-shaped.
While I don't particularly like the wind-tunnel architecture of the Baron's Quay plans, it's really a case of better something than nothing. Once the river frontage is opened up, and starts to attract quality businesses - cafes, restaurants etc. - then that will have a positive knock-on effect on the rest of the town. At the end of the day the character of any town is dictated by the people who use that town. If we ignore the centre, if we refuse to engage with events, if we criticise without being constructive, then we only have ourselves to blame if it all goes pear-shaped. northwich_cyclist
  • Score: 3

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