Revamp planned for Chequers Court in Huntingdon
PLANS to turn Chequers Court in Huntingdon into a vibrant shopping destination will go before Huntingdonshire District Council cabinet today (Thursday). Two options have been presented to the cabinet, with civic spaces for public art, wider walkways and a
PLANS to turn Chequers Court in Huntingdon into a vibrant shopping destination will go before Huntingdonshire District Council cabinet today (Thursday).
Two options have been presented to the cabinet, with civic spaces for public art, wider walkways and a multi-storey car park among the proposals.
The existing Chequers Court buildings - described in the planning brief as "tired and obsolete" and which made the cover of a book called Crap Towns, though Huntingdon was not listed inside - could be overhauled to attract new retailers to the town, depending upon the cabinet's decision.
The two plans were exhibited to the public in November and December.
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The more extensive of the two plans would see the creation of three open public spaces, with a civic square near the post office, a renovated Chequers Court space and an improved Newtons Court off Huntingdon High Street.
A new retail development would replace the old Chequers Court buildings with the aim of attracting competing traders and turning the town into a thriving shopping destination.
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The existing car parks would be redesigned and combined with a multi-storey car park accessed by a new ring road junction.
The second scenario is development on a smaller scale, with building work restricted to around the existing Chequers Court buildings and a car park redesign, but this plan could be used as the first phase of full redevelopment.
A statement in the planning brief by the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit said the regeneration of Chequers Court was necessary to help "reinvigorate the town centre shopping experience".
INFORMATION: See www.huntsdcgov.uk