Public to have a say on Chesser urban quarter proposals

PROPOSALS for a residential development in Chesser, which will create a new urban quarter, are set to be viewed by the local community, who will have the chance to provide feedback.

Watkin Jones Group is behind the plans to redevelop land to the rear of the Corn Exchange.

The proposed mixed-use brownfield development will comprise primarily of build-to-rent (BTR) homes, including affordable homes, which will make up about 75% of the floorspace. In addition to this will be managed student homes.

Under Covid-guidance, the public will have the chance to view proposals on the New Mart website: with the opportunity to ask the development team questions and provide feedback at an online consultation event on 14th October.

The former auction mart buildings and livestock sheds are over 120-years-old and in need of ‘constant’ maintenance, repair and upgrade, which has reportedly become a ‘completely uneconomical proposition’ for current occupiers, the World of Football and World of Bowling.

Pending planning consent, the work is expected to complete in 2025. The regeneration of the site will aim to retain the character and elements of the buildings.

Iain Smith, planning director for Watkin Jones, said, “We’re thrilled to be providing the public with the opportunity to view our exciting scheme for this new urban quarter at Chesser. The site is in a highly sustainable location with excellent access to amenities and transport links and will be built to future-proofed high environmental standards.

“We are aware of the financial burden bringing the current dated facilities up to standard will be and that it is an uneconomical position for the current owners.

“Our intention is to retain the character of the buildings where we can, ensuring their long-term viable future. These proposals will greatly assist in the regeneration of this part of the city. This consultation event is part of a process of extensive engagement to ensure that people from across the local area have an opportunity to input their views and shape our ambitious proposals.”