Northern Quarter timeline

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This is the history of Portsmouth’s Northern Quarter plan, which has now been scrapped.

2003/2004: Developers Centros carries out a master plan of the Tricorn Centre site to determine the benefits of the Northern Quarter.

Consultation is also carried out with the public over the plansn March 2004: Demolition of the Tricorn Centre begins.

November 2005: An outline planning application is submitted for a £300m, 900,000 sqft retail-led development with two anchor stores, 80 shops, hotel, 200 apartments and 2,300 parking spaces. The investment rises to £500m.

2006-2008: Detailed designs for the buildings are submitted for various parts of the scheme - with all of these being approved in stages.

November 2008: Legal challenges against land being bought up around the Tricorn site for the development are thrown out in the High Court. Result means Portsmouth City Council is able to carry out compulsory purchase orders against around 200 properties and transfer them into hands of Centros.

2009: Scheme is put on hold due to impact of the recession. It means some properties sitting on land needed for the development are not acquired.

2010: A new timeline is agreed with Centros allowing it to start work before the end of 2015.

2012: The council receives request from Centros to allow an extra extension if necessary to start work, potentially delaying the start of building work until 2017. But an agreement has never been signed.

October 2013: New plans for the Northern Quarter are put out for consultation.

The smaller £300m scheme now includes a department store, 50 to 60 shops, a central leisure hub with a cinema, apartments and parking spaces.

February 2014: Portsmouth Cultural Partnership comes up with an idea to build a multimedia experience dedicated to Sherlock Holmes in the city - and says the Northern Quarter could be a great place for it.

Centros responds by saying it is interested in the proposals and wants to find out more. Nothing has since come of it.

June 2014: Residents raise fears Northern Quarter will create problems with traffic and parking at neighbourhood forum meeting.

October 2014: Centros reveals it is ‘enthusiastically’ pushing forward with the Northern Quarter despite no planning application being submitted.

November 2014: Portsmouth City Council reveals the Northern Quarter scheme will no longer go ahead as originally planned and an alternative development needs to be found.