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Crewe and the Local Plan

Crewe has a population of approximately 70,000 and is situated in the Borough of  Cheshire East.

Cheshire East is characterised by its distinctive historic towns each with their own history, character and charm. These towns lie at the heart of the Borough, and their vitality and growth is essential for the future prosperity of Cheshire East. These towns serve as Key Service Centres for a wider locality with a good range of facilities including shops, schools and cultural and leisure facilities.

The Key Service Centres of Alsager, Congleton, Handforth, Knutsford, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach and Wilmslow provide a range of services and opportunities for employment, retail and education. They serve a wide catchment area and contain public transport links. The Key Service Centres offer opportunities for sustainable economic growth that can meet the aspirations of the Borough and local communities.

The Vision for the Key Service Centres is:

The towns Alsager, Congleton, Handforth, Knutsford, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach and Wilmslow will see growth, with high quality homes and business premises provided to meet local needs, where smaller independent traders will continue to thrive and where all development will contribute to creating a strong sense of place.

The draft Town Strategy proposes the transformation of the town in terms of increased

employment opportunities, the regeneration of the town centre and the rail gateway,

improving green infrastructure, improved transport links and a wider choice of housing

Crewe opportunities. The aim is to create 6,000 jobs in the town focusing on the Basford

Strategic Development sites with an emphasis on developing a thriving and sustainable

knowledge economy but also taking advantage of opportunities that may be presented

by High Speed Rail 2.

The revitalisation of the town centre to bring in high quality retail, leisure and housing development together with better accessibility are crucial to the town's success as are enhancements to the town's appearance through greening of the urban area in existing and new open space networks. The retention of the Green Gaps between the town and surrounding settlements such as Nantwich,

Haslington, Weston, Shavington, Wistaston, and Willaston is seen as a priority. The draft town strategy identifies a number of potential development sites around the town which could provide employment and housing development to deliver the strategy.

The draft Town Strategy proposes the transformation of the town in terms of increased employment opportunities, the regeneration of the town centre and the rail gateway,

improving green infrastructure, improved transport links and a wider choice of housing

A Principal Town

The Principal Towns of Crewe and Macclesfield provide opportunities for employment, retail, education and allow access to services. They serve a large catchment area with high levels of accessibility and public transport provision. The two towns have a distinct history, character and urban form and both present opportunities for sustainable future jobs led growth. A 'town centre first' approach will be taken to retail provision, with the Principal Towns of Crewe and Macclesfield being the main focus for high quality comparison retail, supported by a range of retail, service, leisure, tourism, office

and other town centre uses, including residential. This is set out in further detail in Policy EG5 of the Emerging Policy Principles document.

Crewe - the key objective for Crewe is to significantly increase the amount and type of employment that is available in the town. Crewe and its surrounding area are situated in a unique location which is attractive to investors. The town is a strategic gateway to the North West, with excellent communication links to other parts of the country by road, rail and air (via Manchester

airport). Crewe also benefits from an advanced engineering / manufacturing skills base and its supply

of available development land.

The All Change for Crewe regeneration initiative sets out ambitious plans for Crewe's growth, with the aim of making it a nationally significant economic centre by 2030. The Vision for Crewe is:

By 2030, as a gateway to the North West, Crewe will be a nationally significant economic centre; one of the leading advanced engineering and manufacturing centres in England; and a sought after place to live and do business in Cheshire. Crewe will be recognised for its vibrant and

diverse knowledge based economy; high quality communication and sustainable transport linkages; many physical development opportunities; attractive heritage, environmental and cultural assets which contribute to liveability; and its high quality image and perception generated through strong leadership.

The draft Crewe Town Strategy looks to deliver the All Change for Crewe initiative by seeking to create 6,000 new jobs on Basford Strategic Development sites with a mix of uses focusing on high value knowledge and science based industries. The strategy also advocates a retail led redevelopment of the town centre together with other leisure and residential development to encourage a 24 hour culture and improve footfall, safety and security. It also seeks to develop about 6 - 7,000 new homes in and around the town by 2030 together with the regeneration of existing older areas of the town.

The draft Town Strategy envisages Phase 1 of the delivery of All Change for Crewe being focused on the two Basford sites, expanding businesses in the town, Crewe Green Business Park, University Way and the town centre. New employment and housing development would take place on the edge of Crewe with abundant open spaces between them, to ensure that there is a range of high quality, attractive places to live and work. Phase 2 of All Change for Crewe is represented by a possible direction of growth to the east of the town, taking advantage of any future opportunities including High Speed Rail 2.

The thrust of the Town Strategy is reflected in this Development Strategy with the provision of 100 hectares of employment land and 6 - 7,000 new homes by 2030. This would be supported by the provision of new transport infrastructure including the Crewe Green Link road, facilitate improvements to Junction 16 of the M6; and the dualling of the A500 between Basford and Junction 16.

The future expansion of the town will ensure that there are areas of green space around the town, defined as 'Strategic Open Gaps'; this reflects the overwhelming support received in the draft Crewe Town Strategy consultation, for Green Gaps around the town and for these areas to be extended, to the north of the town.

To ensure sustainable development of the town, the opportunities for the harnessing of alternative 'green' energy sources will be pursued. Studies have shown that there is great potential for geothermal energy generation on land to the north of Pyms Lane.

New villages are proposed, to the south east of Crewe and to the north of the A500 link road.

They comprise three employment areas, near to Junction 16 of the M6 Motorway, providing about 50 ha of land to ensure that there is a good supply and range of different employment sites for Crewe, to 2030 and beyond. Two further developments are proposed which include community facilities, open spaces and around 2,000 new homes.

Regeneration and growth in Crewe is dependent on good communications. The dualling of the A500 is considered to be a vital infrastructure improvement, to ensure that Crewe's excellent communication links are enhanced. The new settlements would facilitate improvements to Junction 16 of the M6; and the widening of the A500. This also reflects a key part of the overall Development

Strategy which is to ensure that a range of new jobs are provided within the M6 corridor.

In addition, the new settlements will ensure that there is a wide choice for those people who want to invest and live in the Crewe area; they will also ensure that the potential benefits of High Speed 2 can be optimised, if a new station is located in the Crewe area.

Planning Consultants for the Crewe area of Cheshire East

We provide a comprehensive range of planning services for the Crewe and Cheshire East Council area.

Ashall Town Planning are based in Cheshire and are ideally positioned to provide a bespoke and professional planning service in the Crewe and the wider Cheshire East Council area to assist householders and developers to successfully obtain Planning Permission.

If you are seeking professional independent Planning or Property Development Advice in the Crewe area, require Planning Drawings or advice on a Planning Permission Application to Cheshire East Council, as Chartered Town Planning Consultants we are the ideal people to guide you through the planning process and to help you obtain the planning permission you need.

Having been established for 25 years we have a vast experience of dealing with Planning Officers from Cheshire East Council, and its former incarnations of Knutsford, Macclesfield, Congleton, and Crewe & Nantwich. By appointing us as your consultants, acting as your agent with Cheshire East Council you will benefit from our many years of experience giving your application the greatest chance of success.

We offer the following services:

Architectural Planning Drawings

Architectural Plans

Architectural Drawings

Access to Chartered Architect services

Planning Appeals

Permitted Development Applications (Lawful Certificate)

Planning Permission Applications for House Extensions & Loft Conversions

Retrospective Planning Applications

Planning Permission Applications for Change of Use Class

Planning for Commercial Properties

Planning Permission Applications for Converting a House to Flats

House in Multiple Occupation Applications

Planning Permission Applications for New Build Developments

Planning for Childrens Day Nurseries

Planning for Pubs & Restaurants

Planning for Motor Trade & Car Washes

Planning for Takeaways

Listed Building Consent Applications

Conservation Area Applications

Ashall Town Planning Consultants cover all areas in Cheshire East, including Alderley Edge, Alsager, Congleton, Crewe, Handforth, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach and Wilmslow.

We also cover all of the North West Councils including:

Bolton, Bury, Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester, Halton, Liverpool , Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, St.Helens, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan, and Wirral Council.

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