Following a first sod cutting ceremony construction has now begun on the Chester Northgate scheme.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, there has been slippage on the proposed project timescales.

The following  milestones are currently expected to take place, subject to any further Covid-19 impact:

  • Princess St. reopens for access onto St Martin’s Way from Northgate St. – Early July
  • Site secured and Hunters Walk closed off – Early July
  • Hoardings on Northgate Street installed in front of former library building – Early July
  • Drain enabling works commence on St Martin’s Way – Mid July
  • St. Martin’s Way/Nicholas St. closed to southbound traffic for drain works – Mid September
  • Hunter St. realignment complete and opens onto St Martin’s Way – Late October/early November
  • Princess St. closed to access from Northgate St. – Late October/early November.


Updated Project FAQs



The Civic Trust objects to this application for the following reasons:

There is no other detached property along Upton Lane in the vicinity of the proposed plot that is so narrow. It is out of keeping. The proposed garage is well in front of the general building line and even of the garages in the rear of the adjacent property on Liverpool Road. The garage dominates and is an ugly feature on the front elevation of the proposed house and again out of keeping with the area.

The Chester Civic Trust objects to this application to remove this oak tree as there is insufficient supporting information provided by the applicant to justify the felling of a tree protected by a TPO (Tree Preservation Order). No decision should be made until there is a full account of the condition of the tree and whether it could be saved.

HMO Bouverie Street

The Civic trust objects to this application for the following reasons:
The communal facilities and space could be insufficient for 8 people and their
probable visitors.
The outdoor space is insufficient for good quality living conditions.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 are too small as living space.
The rear dormer will overlook the neighbouring property resulting in loss of privacy.

HMO (House in multiple occupation)

From:  Linda Parr

Major Developments Project Officer

Cheshire West and Chester Council

In view of the government’s announcements regarding Coronavirus, we have taken the decision to cancel our drop-in Northgate Project information event on 25 March at Chester Town Hall.

Please see the attached newsletter which covers the latest news on the project and the highways works while we build the new drainage tunnel for the city centre.

We will hold another information event once safe to do so, in the meantime we will post updates on our website and via the media.

Northgate Newsletter March 2020 vfinal 3

Thank you for your interest in the Northgate project.



Chester Civic Trust announce winners of 2020 ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ awards

The Chester Civic Trust which celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this year, has given its verdict on the best examples of new development, renovation of existing buildings and community projects in its annual Good, Bad and Ugly awards for the City.  Now in its 14th year, the awards highlight Chester’s buildings, places, spaces and projects in an alternative ‘New Year Honours list’.Nick Clarke, chairman of the judging panel and Partner at law firm Aaron and Partners, said: “These annual awards are based on nominations from our members. They aim to recognise the best changes to the Chester scene in the past year. We hope they will encourage higher standards of design and maintenance in our public realm.”  Read More:

Winners of 2020 ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ awards