PLANNING experts from across the world dropped into Chester to see the work being done to make the city a must-visit European destination.
Invited by Chester Renaissance, their visit formed part of an international conference hosted by the University of Liverpool.
Tim Harrison, who lectures in Civic Design at the University, said: “The group was examining how far cities can base their regeneration policy on heritage and how far they must widen their investment appeal to other sectors.
“The delegates were very impressed by how Chester has set a very clear must-see European city vision based on making the most of its heritage but backed up by schemes that should also make it attractive to investors and a place where people will want to live and work.
“The plans Chester has in place for its future prosperity are recognised as international best practice.
“However, it will face a real challenge to deliver them, particularly in the current economic climate.”
Colin Potts, of Chester Renaissance, who presented the city’s ideas said: “The experts were very interested in how our plans for different parts of the city centre link together to support a vision that will not only improve Chester but bring benefit to the wider area.
“However, we were as interested in learning from them. If Chester is to compete internationally we must emulate the very best heritage cities worldwide.”
The experts were the second group of city planning specialists to visit the city inside a week – judges from the Academy of Urbanism were also here as Chester has been short-listed for its Great Small City Award that recognises the best in urban planning. Results will be announced in November.