North West­gate de­vel­op­ment is fi­nally ‘in view’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­ Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

A ma­jor landowner says the long awaited re­gen­er­a­tion of North West­gate has fi­nally moved into view.

The up­beat ver­dict on the derelict 10 acre site, which has been wait­ing for de­vel­op­ment for 30 years, comes from a key landowner.

Peter Breach, chair­man of Hawksworth Se­cu­ri­ties, which owns about 75 per cent of the de­vel­op­ment site, says a new coun­cil-led de­sign work­shop of landown­ers could pave the way for the start of build­ing work.

The work­shop was un­veiled by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor John Holdich at a black tie din­ner for busi­ness and civic lead­ers held in Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral.

He an­nounced that Peter­bor­ough com­pa­nies LDA De­sign and Barker Storey Matthews had of­fered their ex­per­tise to the coun­cil to help de­velop the mas­ter­plan for North West­gate.

He said: “The next stage of the process will be a coun­cilled de­sign work­shop in Novem­ber, at which all ma­jor landown­ers will be in­vited to build on these pro­pos­als.

“To­gether we can reach an agree­ment on the site’s key com­po­nents, and a pro­gramme for im­ple­men­ta­tion, en­sur­ing com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity.”

Mr Breach, who has just sub­mit­ted a third plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a £100 mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tion of North West­gate, said: “I have been in­vited, and I will be at­tend­ing the work­shop.

“I wel­come this ini­tia­tive. “I think that Cllr Holdich seems to be get­ting a real grip on this is­sue.

He said: “It brings the de­vel­op­ment of North West­gate into view.”

He added: “It is pos­si­ble for the coun­cil to pig­gy­back our plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.”

This map shows the landown­er­ship in North West­gate. Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil says there are 32 landown­ers.

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