SPECTACULAR £200m plans to redevelop Northwich have been unveiled to the public.
Northwich Vision partners gathered in the town's Memorial Hall to launch a wide-ranging, 15-year regeneration programme, which will see about £200m pumped into the town from the private and public sector.
They say massive development potential will be released in North-wich as a result of the ongoing mine-stabilisation project and the Northwich Vision team hopes the area can be repositioned as a key town within the North West.
Areas focused on include retail, tourism, leisure, residential and employment, and plans to remodel the town centre include:
Two new phases of shopping developments.
A cultural centre with library, theatre and all-new Salt Museum.
Up to 800 new homes.
A revamped Northwich train station.
A new multiplex cinema.
A new marina for leisure and residential purposes.
There is a consultation period on the proposals and Vision partners are asking members of the public for their views before the final draft is drawn up in the new year and the document is approved as supplementary planing guidance.
This will give developers certainty the council will actively use its planning powers to develop the programme of regeneration.
Speaking at Wednesday's launch, which was attended by more than 300 people, Cllr Arthur Wood, lead councillor for regeneration at Vale Royal Borough Council, said: 'At last we are in a position to turn the vision into reality.
'The borough council has been actively pursuing regeneration in Northwich for some six years under the title of Northwich Vision.
'The single issue which has blighted the town is, of course, the historic problem of subsidence, which has been with us for more than a century.
'The planning document launched here sets out the strategy, standards and policy we need in place to ensure that we achieve a development of the town area to meet our aspirations.'
He added: 'We are determined that regeneration will focus on quality, both in terms of improving the townscape and the scale and form of the new development.
'Together with the help of the community and our partners we intend to ensure we create a better, more vibrant town which, while respecting its history, responds to our needs in the 21st Century.'