Latest stage of £17m brownfield regeneration announced

Regional development chiefs have announced details of the latest stage of a £17m project to bring neglected brownfield land back into use.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) said work would begin in the early summer on a £1.6m extension of the Millennium Greenway in Chester.

The Greenway - a special route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders - will be extended to reach the villages of Guilden Sutton and Mickle Trafford, linking them to Chester, from where the rest of the Greenway runs to Deeside, in North Wales.

The work will be the latest stage in the agency's 22-year REVIVE programme, which aims to reclaim 70 hectares of brownfield land in Cheshire and Warrington.

Cheshire County Council and the NWDA agreed last spring to spend £17.3m of NWDA grant to transform the land to create new open green spaces, with improved public access, and enhance nature conservation on brownfield sites.

Mark Hughes, executive director for economic development at the NWDA, said: "REVIVE is an ambitious programme of land regeneration which will breathe new life into a number of disused sites.

"This new extension of the Millennium Greenway will greatly improve the local environment and open up more land for residents' enjoyment.

"Further regeneration of brownfield sites will support economic growth and create new opportunities for leisure and recreation while improving the image of Cheshire and Warrington."

The REVIVE programme covers 20 individual sites - 18 in Cheshire and two in Warrington - and aims to make the region a more viable place for investment opportunities.

Site investigations, designs and the works themselves are expected to take place across all 20 areas, including former chemical industry sites, in the first seven years of the project.

They will then be actively managed over the following 15 years to ensure continued benefit from the investment.

More information on REVIVE can be found here.

Kate Martin

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