THE regeneration of the former Chester West and Chester Council buildings at Watling Street has taken another step forward, with the sale of the land to developers.

Galliford Try Partnerships has now taken ownership of the land, ready to start the development of 70 new homes for people aged over 55.

The £11m scheme will see the building – vacant since 2016 – demolished and replaced with 16 one-bedroom and 54 two-bedroom apartments, plus a bistro.

Brendan Blythe, Galliford Try Partnerships North West MD, said: “We are delighted to unlock the development of this important town centre site which had seen previous proposals stall and fail to come to fruition. The scheme will provide much-needed future housing in a key location and we are looking forward to turning our vision into a reality.”

CWAC left the site in 2011, and a former adult day care centre vacated in May 2016. Planning permission was granted in November 2018, with a black and white timber-framed building look.

Cllr Brian Clarke, CWAC cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “The new development at Watling Street will totally transform that part of the town and will enable the council to begin partial demolition of Weaver Square as early as March, providing increased visibility for the existing shops and traders.

“This is yet another step towards our wider vision for Northwich, to create a vibrant town centre that our residents can be proud of.”