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19 October, 2020 - 13:11 By Tony Quested

North Westgate development moves forward

Peter Breach, chairman of Hawksworth Securities PLC and John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council

Peterborough City Council and Hawksworth Securities PLC, have entered into an agreement to begin acquiring land at North Westgate, bringing momentum to ambitious redevelopment plans for the delivery of a vibrant new £150 million quarter for the city.

Council planners recently backed the start of land assembly for Hawksworth’s 60,000 sq m North Westgate development which will play a crucial part in the city’s future. 

Once all the land for the scheme has been acquired, Hawksworth will push forward with the area’s transformation. Hawksworth secured outline planning permission in 2018 for the regeneration scheme, which will create hundreds of new jobs. 

The scheme will provide new homes, office premises, a hotel, and supporting retail, restaurant, café and leisure uses, set within extensive new public spaces and landscaping. 

The Brewery Tap and the Westgate Church will remain within an enhanced public realm setting. 

City council leader councillor John Holdich, said: “This progress brings the vision of a vibrant new quarter for Peterborough closer to reality. While the council is in a unique position of being able to use compulsory purchase powers, if required, the aim of both parties is to secure the remaining parcels of land through private treaty negotiations, as far as possible.

“Like Fletton Quays, the redevelopment of North Westgate will generate growth in this under-utilised part of the city and is part of the council’s long term aim to extend and revitalise Peterborough city centre for future generations to come.”

Peter Breach, chairman of Hawksworth Securities PLC, added: “Hawksworth has been a long-term investor in Peterborough and we are delighted that our vision for North Westgate has taken a major step forward with the support and shared aspiration of the council. 

“We believe our plans for North Westgate offer a perfect opportunity to regenerate this part of the city, providing investment in the city’s economy and improved facilities for current and future residents. 

“A strong local economy and accessibility to London makes Peterborough an ideal choice for new business occupiers and residents seeking the quality of life that this great cathedral city has to offer.  

“We are committed to the regeneration of North Westgate and look forward to working with the Council and local communities to bring it to fruition.” 

• PHOTOGRAPH: Peter Breach, chairman of Hawksworth Securities PLC (left) and John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council

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