An eye-catching water route now features in a planned £100 million leisure-led regeneration of the North Westgate area of Peterborough.
The stone-lined waterway will run through the heart of the North Westgate area and adjoin outside seating areas near planned new eateries.
An artist’s sketch of the waterway with a small bridge, is part of the proposals that Hawksworth Securities, the company behind the proposals, has submitted to Peterborough City Council.
It has been included after extensive consultation with the public about Hawksworth’s plans for a new regionally important leisure quarter and much needed housing in the centre of Peterborough.
The proposed development will involve the construction of a multiplex cinema, surrounded by restaurants, shops, bars and a food hall with a community of apartments and offices.
Key features are a new public piazza centred on Westgate Church.
A new network of pedestrian streets and thoroughfares will spread outwards from this new urban square.
There will be a food hall to provide a place for the rich mixture of cultures in Peterborough.
The new water route aims to use water more sustainably and promote urban cooling and opportunities for wildlife.
Peter Breach, chairman of Hawksworth Securities, said: “The aim is to regenerate the area around North Westgate and act as a catalyst for the renewal of a much wider area between the station, central ward and Cathedral Square, including Cromwell Road and Westgate.
“The scheme will also provide a key link between the station and the city centre.”
It is hoped the developments will create about 1,500 jobs and new business opportunities for local residents.
Mr Breach added: “The regeneration of North Westgate represents a unique opportunity and one that Peterborians have long-waited for.”
David Turnock, chair of the Peterborough Civic Society said: “Peterborough is continuing to develop as a fine city with significant investment by the city council and private business.
“Yet close to the city centre is a large area of temporary car parks, boarded-up properties and vacant plots that seems to have been blighted for almost 20 years.
“Comprehensive redevelopment is long overdue.”
The final proposals reflect suggestions made during the public consultation in April .