The latest edition of the Northgate Newsletter is now available here, with updates on the start of the tunnelling for the new surface water drain, the latest archaeology, and trader recruitment for the new market.

For the latest aerial video of the site click here.

The latest edition of the Northgate Newsletter is now available, with updates on the progress on the main site and forthcoming road closures to Nuns Road and Hunter Street.
Available via the Northgate website here:

For the latest aerial video of the site click here.

By rewarding the best architectural projects in the last six years this Award Scheme aims to stimulate interest in our built environment and develop a deeper and broader appreciation of both traditional craft skills and high quality contemporary construction.
This is the tenth round of ‘Civic Awards’ and the third time that the scheme applies to the extended area of ‘Cheshire West and Chester’. All the sponsoring bodies hope that the Awards will raise the profile of good architectural design in our community.

Entries should be made using the PDF nomination form cadac 2021 form: cadac-2021-form, text can be entered directly into the nomination form. When using Adobe Acrobat Reader clicking the ‘submit’ button offers the choice of sending via Microsoft Outlook or a Webmail service (eg. Gmail) and photographs can be attached as normal before sending. If you choose Webmail, the email may be saved as a draft and will need to be retrieved before adding photos and sending.

If using either an alternative document reader or email client the nomination form can be downloaded, completed and sent (with photographs) via email to


Work on the Northgate Development is continuing through the months of Lockdown. Here  is the latest Newsletter from the project team with updates on the progress of the main site and the drainage tunnel.

Available via the Northgate website here:

For the latest aerial video of the site click here.

Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement.

‎Read the civic voice response to PDR proposals

Numerous attempts to build houses in the Sealand Basin have been rejected by the local council on the grounds that the land is part of the flood plain of the River Dee. The Civic Trust has consistently objected to planning applications for any further development in the area on the grounds that further building will increase the flood risk to hoMes and businesses in the surrounding area.

Yet the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has granted outline planning approval for 142 houses off Sealand Road on land that was used as playing fields by the former Chester College

The recent heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding that has closed the Deva Link, turned the Meadows into a lake and left local residents with waterlogged gardens and flooded cellars. The Civic Trust has questioned whether the flood protection scheme that is proposed by the developers will be adequate to protect existing homes and businesses from further damage from flooding.


Press Release-PDRs


It’s that time of year again – time to submit your nominations for our “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” awards. So, how do you feel about the things that have changed in and around Chester over the past twelve months? Please use the online form to identify your suggestions for The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

You can nominate new or recently restored buildings but please remember that the awards include the smaller, less prestigious changes to our built environment. Specific examples might be well maintained retail or commercial premises, good signage of a heritage trail, the introduction of public art into an open space, sensitive new street furniture or lighting. Within the city, roads and paving and ‘the public realm’ are all very important. More general initiatives which improve the city’s cleanliness and safety, or enhance the quality of public open spaces will also be recognised. Campaigns and initiatives that protect our heritage and provide public access are also important, as are contributions to Chester’s cultural and leisure facilities.

To nominate any item of your choice use this form  to make your nomination. Please give a brief reason for your nomination and indicate whether, in your opinion, it is Good, Bad or Ugly. Remember, this is a personal view: there’s no need to listen to what others may say!  You can submit as many nominations as you wish.

The Future of Dee HouseDee House and Amphitheatre Working Group findings and recommendations report published.

Dee House The Future – Findings and Recommendations FINAL

A monograph produced by Cyril Morris (one of our Vice Presidents in advance of the ‘Four Towns’ conference held in Chichester last October.
50th Anniversary Historic Towns Studies V4