Warrington town centre redevelopment gets final approval

Revised plans for the redevelopment of Warrington town centre have been approved in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the scheme would ensure the town 'remains healthy, vibrant and competitive in the future'.

An artist's impression of the finished scheme
An artist's impression of the finished scheme

Outline planning permission was granted in 2014 for the mixed-use Bridge Street Quarter development.

The proposals would take place across neighbouring city centre sites and would see the construction of a new market hall, other retail and leisure space, multiplex cinema, a new council office and a public square.

Since then, various changes were made to the plans which required full applications to be submitted.

The changes included a slight increase in the height of the cinema and increased floorspace for the new council offices.

A planning report said that the revised cinema plan "takes into account the scale and massing of existing and future development in the area and has regard to historic context".

It added that the building was "considered to be acceptable, subject to appropriate conditions".

Overall, planners recommended approval for the redevelopment.

"The scheme would deliver the council’s aspirations for the town centre. It would make Warrington Town Centre more attractive for shoppers and visitors alike and ensure that it remains healthy, vibrant and competitive in the future", they concluded.

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