Scores of people have visited the first public exhibition of plans for a £100 million venture to breathe new life into Peterborough’s North Westgate.
A two-day display of the proposals was hosted by developers Hawksworth Securities last week.
The venture includes an eight-screen cinema complex, a public square around Westgate Church plus homes, a food hall, offices, shops and restaurants.
The aim is to create a regional leisure centre to regenerate the area and attract more people to the city centre.
It involves the creation of 120 new one, two and three-bedroom city apartments, some with rooftop gardens, plus a 100-room hotel.
The plans have been welcomed by leaders of Westgate Church, which traces its origins to 1780.
Rev Lesley Moseley, church minister, said: “We are supportive of regeneration in the North Westgate area and are working with the developers to ensure we continue to retain our place in the city centre.
“We welcome any development which allows us to live out our faith within the city centre.”
The development will be pedestrian friendly, creating an outdoor space with external dining areas for cafes and restaurants with Westgate Church as a focal point.
With luxury office space a key part of the project, it is anticipated that 1,500 new jobs will be created.
The exhibition is being held ahead of a planning application for the development being submitted to Peterborough City Council early this summer.
Peter Breach, chairman of Hawksworth Securities, the investment company behind the development, said: “The consultation phase for this project is a vital one and we are keen to get the views of as many local people as we can.’’
The North Westgate development extends from Bourges Boulevard across to Lincoln Road, and from Bright Street on the north side to Westgate at the south.
Richard Astle, managing director of Athene Communications in Peterborough took to the social media site Twitter to state; “Very busy and positive start to North Westgate public exhibition.”
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