Maritime heritage facilities under threat

5 December 2011

Dramatic plans to transform Northwich's riverside are being met with cautious optimism by Northwich's traders and figureheads. 

Proposals are about to be revealed for a 58-home block of extra care housing, an 18,000 sq ft Waitrose, a 40-berth marina and waterside leisure facilities alongside the River Weaver.

The new development, which will also include access to the waterfront and a new public footpath, will fill the site of the former Regal cinema, Floatel and Northwich Marina.  A planning application is expected to be submitted early next year.

The proposals, which have been put forward by H2O, a national joint venture company owned by British Waterways and bloc, will lead to the loss of a good slipway that is in regular use as it will become a seating area for a cafe.

The plan details are at: 

There is a formal consultation on these proposals.  If you would like to make a comment on the loss of use of this slipway, please send email to:

Please also give you name and at least part of your address with your comment - something short is better than nothing! The deadline for your comments is 16 December 2011.


Shipshape Network has also been informed that Ramsgate slipway is also under threat from development proposals to build restaurants and flats on the site.

More details can be found at and we are endeavouring to confirm contact details of where to send comments/letters to.  If you have any further information on this proposal, please get in touch so we can help promote the details and ask for support:


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