Land sale marks start of town centre retirement scheme

Galliford Try Partnerships has now taken ownership of land at Watling Street, Northwich, to commence development of 70 new homes for people aged over 55.

The £11m scheme will see 16 one-bedroom and 54 two-bedroom apartments built on the former council offices site in the heart of the town centre. The development will also include a bistro at ground floor level.

The former offices have been vacant since 2016 with planning permission for the site granted in November 2018. The development is part of the wider regeneration of Northwich, with money from the land sale being reinvested in Cheshire West and Chester Council’s masterplan for Weaver Square.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Councillor Brain Clarke said:

“The new development at Watling Street will totally transform that part of the town.

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

Demolition will start in May following some service diversion and asbestos removal. Completion of the building is expected in late 2020.

The sale of the land at Watling Street and the redevelopment of Weaver Square is a joint collaboration with Public Sector Plc.

Brendan Blythe, Managing Director at Galliford Try Partnerships North West 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.”