Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is forging ahead with developer client London & Amsterdam's plans for the largest ever development in Chester, aimed at creating a new retail heart
The planning application for the £200m Northgate scheme was submitted at the end of last month after two years of evolution. BLP partner Tim Hellier is leading on planning matters, while property partner Peter Rudolf is advising on the development agreement with the council. Smita Edwards of Forsters is advising Chester City Council. Hellier said: "It's taken two years to work up the application because this is such a challenging site. My role was to make sure that the application presses the right buttons. "The client could have simply submitted an application and negotiated with the various parties afterwards, but it's chosen - rightly in my view - to negotiate with CABE, English Heritage and the council. Given the site's constraints, that was the right approach."