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Chester Racecourse unveil plans for new Grandstand & Conference Centre


Chester Racecourse has unveiled revised plans for a new grandstand and conference centre.

They want to build the facilities on an existing car park and create a new specially landscaped lawned area.

The proposal follows a previously rejected application for a multi-storey car park and road diversions.

Racecourse bosses say they spent a period of consultation addressing the key concerns raised by the Planning Committee, before approaching Cheshire West and Chester Council with a revised proposal.

The updated plan sees the two key buildings in the development proposals combined into a new Conference Centre and Grandstand, located next to the Holiday Inn Express hotel and overlooking the racecourse.

Plans to build a multi-storey car park have also now been scrapped.

Instead, it is proposed that cars will use nearby Kitchen Street and an existing route through the railway arches.

The Masterplan is very important to the future of the Race Company and represents a massive investment in Chester.

We have worked hard since March to deal with a number of objections and are very pleased with the public response so far.

The Conference Centre and Grandstand will be a fantastic Civic building for the City and, on racedays, provide a new viewing and hospitality Grandstand like no other.

With a strong focus on sustainability in its design, construction and use, this innovative new building will again put Chester at the forefront of the UK’s major sporting venues.

This will be a project which the Race Company and the city can be very proud of.

– Chester Race Company Chief Executive, Richard Thomas

The application is expected to be considered by the Planning Committee in August and, if approved, a first phase of work would begin in the autumn.