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The vision for a modern,
vibrant city

The vision for a
modern,
vibrant city

The One City Plan for Chester

Our One City Plan sets out a vision for how the public, private and community sector are working together to make Chester a fairer, stronger, and greener city.

Since its first publication in 2012 and a subsequent update in 2022, the One City Plan has evolved to become our blueprint for collaboration and civic participation in Chester.

Welcome to the Chester One City Plan 

Our One City Plan sets out a vision for how the public, private and community sector are working together to make Chester a fairer, stronger, and greener city.

Since its first publication in 2012 and a subsequent update in 2022, the One City Plan has evolved to become our blueprint for collaboration and civic participation in Chester.

One City Plan for Chester

Welcome to the One City Plan

Welcome video from Cllr Beecham

Cllr Richard Beecham, Leader's Champion for the Once City Plan

The One City Plan is based on the key pillars of compromise, participation, negotiation and collaboration. It is an approach that recognises that not everyone has to be right or wrong, and instead focuses on people's talents and experiences, harnessing the belief that we achieve more together than we can achieve by working alone.

The One City Plan captures in 45 broad actions the voices of many Chester residents. Whilst it is a plan for economic growth, this is balanced with actions which promote fairness, quality jobs and education opportunities, health, well-being, culture, environmental and heritage protection and civic pride.

The One City Plan is a flexible living document, it is a break away from traditional place plans and it will take many projects and many years to achieve some of the actions. Indeed, some of them will never be fulfilled as we will always want to be attracting investment, growing our tourism offer or maintaining our heritage for example.

That's why although I take great pride in the big shiny projects, it is the marginal gains I love most - the incremental changes that carry our city one step forward. You won't always see them, not unless you look hard enough, but they are happening all of the time and as long as there are people in our city who remain committed to a shared vision, working hard together with purpose, then I feel assured that Chester will just keep getting better and better.

I am very grateful for everyone’s time to date in helping us ensure the OCP can evolve into a dynamic and crucial process, helping to make Chester a fairer, stronger, and greener city by 2045.

Welcome to the One City Plan

Welcome video from Cllr Beecham

Welcome video from Cllr Beecham

Why do we need a One City Plan?

The One City Plan defines the overarching vision and direction of travel for the city, under which all projects should sit. It is driven by prioritisation, implementation and delivery.

How we will make a difference 

  • We will listen to, and work with, young people as we plan and deliver services.  We will develop a strong youth offer, working with the community sector, libraries, schools and colleges.  We will also develop a new ‘10 by 10’ programme, encouraging young people to try ten exciting things before they are ten years old.

    “We need to improve mental health for younger children and give them more support.”  Join the conversation respondent

  • We will support and challenge our schools to include children with special educational needs and disabilities, upskilling our workforce and co-ordinating specialist support within our schools.

  • We will promote healthy lifestyles and access to playing fields and green spaces.  We will encourage people to breastfeed and vaccinate their children and ensure young people can access preventative services. 

    “We need to improve mental health for younger children and give them more support.”  Join the conversation respondent

  • We will listen to, and work with, young people as we plan and deliver services.  We will develop a strong youth offer, working with the community sector, libraries, schools and colleges.  We will also develop a new ‘10 by 10’ programme, encouraging young people to try ten exciting things before they are ten years old.

    “There should be more investment in young people and their future”  Join the conversation respondent

Why do we need a One City Plan?

The One City Plan defines the overarching vision and direction of travel for the city, under which all projects should sit. It is driven by prioritisation, implementation and delivery.

Why do we need a One City Plan?

The One City Plan defines the overarching vision and direction of travel for the city, under which all projects should sit. It is driven by prioritisation, implementation and delivery.

Why do we need a One City Plan?

The One City Plan defines the overarching vision and direction of travel for the city, under which all projects should sit. It is driven by prioritisation, implementation and delivery.

Proud of its history and confident about its future, Chester is a unique city that prioritises inclusivity and sustainability to ensure a healthier, greener and fairer future for all its people.

The plan also informs the Cheshire West and Chester Local Development Framework, the statutory planning document for the city.

The updated 2022 plan included a renewed vision and action plan and sets out a new vision for how the public, private and community sector can work together to make Chester a fairer, stronger, and greener city by 2045.

Proud of its history and confident about its future, Chester is a unique city that prioritises inclusivity and sustainability to ensure a healthier, greener and fairer future for all its people.

The plan also informs the Cheshire West and Chester Local Development Framework, the statutory planning document for the city.

The updated 2022 plan included a renewed vision and action plan and sets out a new vision for how the public, private and community sector can work together to make Chester a fairer, stronger, and greener city by 2045.

What makes
Chester Unique?

Global heritage

Chester is a global heritage city appealing to residents, tourists, students and businesses alike. A truly unique cathedral and university city, the Roman city of Chester is the county town of Cheshire, in the North West of England and close to the English–Welsh border.

With over half a million people living within 30 minutes, Chester sits within a thriving economic hinterland, including Merseyside, the Wirral, Ellesmere Port Industrial area and North Wales. The Manchester and Liverpool City regional economies are also less than an hour away.

Great location

Due to this enviable position the city and its surrounding catchment has key sector strengths including financial and business professional services, manufacturing and energy, alongside its growing visitor economy.

Chester is also the embodiment of the liveable city. Its neighbourhoods are conveniently accessible and connected to its wider outskirts with sustainable travel networks for walking or cycling. There is a good mix of affordable and executive homes across the city centre, suburbs and nearby rural locations.

Commitment to regeneration

There is a strong commitment from city leaders to further reinvigorate city centre living, as society has realised the benefits of living and working in beautiful and accessible surroundings in a sustainable way.

Chester is open for business. Investment opportunities are wide and varied from large regeneration projects such as the Chester City Gateway and Northgate Future Phases to numerous smaller scale unique sites. The city combines city living with business potential within a compact and beautiful historical city centre.

What makes
Chester Unique?

Global heritage

Chester is a global heritage city appealing to residents, tourists, students and businesses alike. A truly unique cathedral and university city, the Roman city of Chester is the county town of Cheshire, in the North West of England and close to the English–Welsh border.

With over half a million people living within 30 minutes, Chester sits within a thriving economic hinterland, including Merseyside, the Wirral, Ellesmere Port Industrial area and North Wales. The Manchester and Liverpool City regional economies are also less than an hour away.

Great location

Due to this enviable position the city and its surrounding catchment has key sector strengths including financial and business professional services, manufacturing and energy, alongside its growing visitor economy.

Chester is also the embodiment of the liveable city. Its neighbourhoods are conveniently accessible and connected to its wider outskirts with sustainable travel networks for walking or cycling. There is a good mix of affordable and executive homes across the city centre, suburbs and nearby rural locations.

Commitment to regeneration

There is a strong commitment from city leaders to further reinvigorate city centre living, as society has realised the benefits of living and working in beautiful and accessible surroundings in a sustainable way.

Chester is open for business. Investment opportunities are wide and varied from large regeneration projects such as the Chester City Gateway and Northgate Future Phases to numerous smaller scale unique sites. The city combines city living with business potential within a compact and beautiful historical city centre.

What makes
Chester Unique?

Global heritage

Chester is a global heritage city appealing to residents, tourists, students and businesses alike. A truly unique cathedral and university city, the Roman city of Chester is the county town of Cheshire, in the North West of England and close to the English–Welsh border.

With over half a million people living within 30 minutes, Chester sits within a thriving economic hinterland, including Merseyside, the Wirral, Ellesmere Port Industrial area and North Wales. The Manchester and Liverpool City regional economies are also less than an hour away.

Great location

Due to this enviable position the city and its surrounding catchment has key sector strengths including financial and business professional services, manufacturing and energy, alongside its growing visitor economy.

Chester is also the embodiment of the liveable city. Its neighbourhoods are conveniently accessible and connected to its wider outskirts with sustainable travel networks for walking or cycling. There is a good mix of affordable and executive homes across the city centre, suburbs and nearby rural locations.

Commitment to regeneration

There is a strong commitment from city leaders to further reinvigorate city centre living, as society has realised the benefits of living and working in beautiful and accessible surroundings in a sustainable way.

Chester is open for business. Investment opportunities are wide and varied from large regeneration projects such as the Chester City Gateway and Northgate Future Phases to numerous smaller scale unique sites. The city combines city living with business potential within a compact and beautiful historical city centre.