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Public can have say on city business quarter plan

Published date: 19 September 2012 |
Published by: Jim Green
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AMBITIOUS proposals to create more than 1,000 jobs by setting up a Chester Business Quarter are moving forward.

Commercial developer Muse Developments has acquired the former Lloyds Banking Group site and wants to turn it into a vibrant new business district.

City residents can find out more about the plans at two public drop-in sessions this weekend.

They can learn more about the emerging masterplan for the development on land immediately east and south of the railway station.

Developers say the scheme has the capacity to deliver 500,000 sq ft of prime office space and create more than 1,100 jobs.

New public spaces including a linear park and enhancements to the area surrounding the Shropshire Union Canal, which runs through the site, would also be created.

Boughton councillor David Robinson said: “These proposals have the potential to transform this prime yet underused site into a thriving business district that will deliver a huge boost to Chester’s commercial offer and economic growth, and provide jobs for local people.

“The plans for the public realm have the potential not only to benefit Chester but also local residents.

“These drop-in sessions are an opportunity for residents and businesses to find out more about the masterplan, ask questions of the design team and give us their views.

“There will be formal consultation on the proposals once the plans reach a more advanced stage.”

Muse Developments are leading the scheme in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester Renaissance.

The development is part of the One City Plan and builds on the Chester Central Development Framework vision that residents were consulted on in 2010.

The drop-in sessions take place at the Queen Hotel in Station Road between 11am and 6pm on Friday and 9.30am and 1pm on Saturday.

They will include details of the first office building and people will be able to discuss the masterplan with members of the design team.

The proposals will also be on show in the next One City Plan drop-in sessions at Chester Town Hall on Tuesday, October 9 and Saturday, October 13.

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