“Together, we will create a beautiful Gateway to the City Centre, where residents and visitors can easily reach all that Chester and the Cheshire region have to offer. Underpinned by the Gateway’s heritage and its excellent transport connectivity, new infrastructure investment and development will transform underutilised brownfield land for public benefit. “
Chester City Gateway provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the area around Chester Railway Station into a high-quality new destination for sustainable living and working. It will build upon the opportunity to enhance Chester Railway Station and create a world-class experience for passengers and visitors.
Over the long-term, the Gateway project has an ambition to deliver the following:
Chester City Gateway is the area immediately surrounding Chester Railway Station and includes land north and south of Hoole Way, Station Road, Brook Street, City Road leading to the Bars roundabout, Queens Road Car Park, land a Lightfoot Street West, land at Lightfoot Street East, Brook Street Car Park, Black Diamond Street Car Park, and land at Trafford Street.
It is important that the proposals for the Gateway reflect and respond to the surrounding area and local context, including respecting heritage assets and making sure that existing communities (residents and business community) have improved walking and cycling links to the station and the Gateway.
The Draft Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) sets out a clear plan, vision and objectives for the Gateway, along with key development principles and an illustrative masterplan. The aim is for the SRF to be formally endorsed and adopted by the Council and if this happens, the SRF will help to guide new development in the area and encourage investment.
The SRF is not a planning application. It sets out the broad principles and parameters that are important for future planning applications to consider. The development proposals put forward in the draft SRF are illustrative only, but start to outline the type of potential uses, scale and massing of development that could come forward in the Gateway.
The draft SRF has been developed in line with national planning policy and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Local Plan. If adopted, the SRF will be a material consideration on future planning applications within the Gateway area.
We are keen to hear people’s views on the development principles and vision that is being put forward within the Draft SRF. We will take on board comments and consider these in preparing the final SRF.
You can download the Draft SRF and its supporting documents from this website and comment via the online feedback form here. We will be holding a series of drop-in consultation events where you can view a summary, speak to members of the team and ask questions. The events are being held on:
Tuesday 17 January – Chester Railway Station – 11am – 6.30pm
Wednesday 18 January – Christ Church Mission House – 11am – 2pm & Hoole Community Centre 3.30pm – 7pm
Saturday 21 January – Storyhouse – 10am – 3pm
If you can’t attend an event but would like to speak to someone about the draft SRF please call 0800 089 0362 or email [email protected]
Please send us your comments by 3rd February 2023.
You can comment online here or you can request a paper feedback form by calling 0800 089 0362 or emailing [email protected]. Please also contact us if you’d like the form or information in an alternative format.
The draft SRF is a long-term vision for the Chester Gateway. Some sites, such as the proposed pedestrian/cycle bridge will take longer to be delivered and will be dependent on detailed feasibility work. Some of the development proposals put forward in the draft SRF are already in the pipeline, such as the proposals for a new History Centre on Lightfoot Street West, for which a planning application has been submitted.
We will need to work in partnership with key landowners and stakeholders in the Gateway to ensure its success. This Draft SRF provides a tool in which to attract new investment into Chester, as well as set out the Council’s position and aspirations on development and design standards that we want to see come forward.
The proposals set out in the Gateway are being put forward by Cheshire West and Chester Council, LCR and Network Rail. These delivery partners have entered into an agreement to work collaboratively together in the Gateway. There are several key landowners, existing businesses and occupiers within the Gateway which the partners want to work with, to ensure the successful achievement of the vision, and to enable all to benefit from positive changes in the Gateway.
Delivery Partners will be exploring funding streams to help deliver the projects, as well as the potential for developer contributions as sites in the Gateway come forward for development. No funding is agreed at this stage.
LCR specialises in sustainable regeneration, site assembly and masterplanning. LCR facilitate the delivery of tens of thousands of new homes and jobs, and generate in excess of £7bn of public value, through leveraging our existing assets, partnerships and joint ventures.
In partnership with a range of private developers, housing authorities, local and central government agencies and transport authorities, we are working to unlock development and regeneration opportunities across the UK’s network of railway stations and their surrounding land.
A Delivery Strategy has been prepared which identifies the potential standalone development opportunities (which are not constrained by infrastructure requirements) and those projects which are interrelated, for example the Mobility Hub could unlock development on Queens Road car park. The Delivery Strategy is intended to be flexible to respond to changing market conditions and developer/investor interest, and available funding.
Planning applications could come forward at any time for any of the privately-owned sites. The SRF is proposed to be in place to help ensure a comprehensive approach to new development in this area and provide guidance on the type of development (quality/ mix/ scale) that could be appropriate in this area.
We aim to create a mixed community in the Gateway – bringing together new housing, workspaces, small independent food and beverage uses and community/ civic uses. The final mix of uses will depend on the market and occupier demand.
We are keen to engage with businesses and residents in the Gateway. If you think that you, or your property might be affected by the proposals in the draft SRF, please contact us on 0800 089 0362 or [email protected].
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