Cheshire West & Chester Council has approved the first phase of the Chester Northgate mixed-use project. The £60m project, which is being development managed by RivingtonHark – the recent merger of RivingtonLand and The Hark Group – was recently progressed by the council along with a £16m public service centre and bus hub in Ellesmere Port.

The scheme secured unanimous backing from the council’s planning committee, paving the way for works to commence in the coming months, and is set to feature a new market, cinema, a multi-storey car park, and leisure offering. The tenants already signed up are Zizzi’s, Cosy Club, Tapas Revolution, and cinema operator Picturehouse.

Enabling works will begin in October with Vinci starting in earnest in January 2020.

Richard Beacham, Cheshire West & Chester’s cabinet member for housing, regeneration and growth said: “Planning approval for the first phase of the Northgate development is a welcome milestone in a long and complex journey towards building a brand-new leisure destination in the heart of Chester.

“This is long-awaited and much needed investment in this part of our city centre and it will have a positive impact for residents, local businesses and the local economy with the creation of new jobs and new work for local suppliers.”