Urban regeneration developer, Altered Space, has submitted a planning application to redevelop Cockhedge shopping centre, Warrington, in line with the Greater Cockhedge Master plan.
The project will downsize the shopping centre to create an improved and rationalised commercial asset. The development proposes the demolition of 16 retail units plus removal of the pedestrian bridge, which extends over Scotland Road.
The application includes plans for the creation of new and improved external entrances to each end of the mall plus four new external facing units aimed at creating more vibrant spaces, with potential to drive an evening economy. The introduction of quality public realm on each side of the mall is core to the application with both soft and hard landscaping, making it visually attractive to visitors.
This is the initial detailed planning application for the wider Cockhedge estate, forming part of a larger two-phase regeneration scheme by Altered Space.
Michael Brown, director at Altered Space, said: “Following the approval we received for the Cockhedge Masterplan in August 2022, this detailed application seeks to deliver a downsized, yet enhanced commercial offering breathing new life into an already popular retail destination. Importantly the application will also unlock the Residential Development footprint fronting Scotland Road, capable of delivering 900 new homes for Warrington Town Centre.”
Elsewhere in the North West, Altered Space is also leading in the successful urban regeneration of Stanley Square, Sale. This multiphase redevelopment has seen numerous key retailers and businesses move to Stanley Square over the past 2 years.
The creation of a lively and accessible shopping centre provides the promise that this development by Altered Space will have a positive impact on the town in terms of employment and the local economy.
Altered Space is working with planning consultant Lichfields, as well as Like Architects on this project.