Cheshire East to green light £42m Crewe roads package

The council is set to give planning permission to the North West Crewe roads package, designed to unlock land to support the construction of 1,350 homes to the north of the town.

The North West Crewe package forms part of the Council’s local plan and is designed to unlock a number of sites ahead of HS2 arrival at Crewe railway station in 2027.

The key schemes to be delivered under the proposals are a north-south spine road; a realigned Smithy Lane; an east-west link road from the A530 to the new spine road; and a series of junction improvements.

Other parts of the works package include a new access road to Leighton Hospital and other roads to support the development a masterplan for the Leighton area.

This will include two sites allocated under the council’s local plan; the 850-home Leighton West site, and 500 homes at Leighton. There will also be improved access to Bentley Motors

Remodelling works are planned between Flowers Lane and the A530; and a new roundabout will also be built at Flowers Lane to serve the potential Leighton site.

In total, the works will provide 1.8 miles of new roads across the area, along with dual-use cycleways and footways.

Cheshire East’s planning committee is set to back the proposals at a meeting next week; officers said the scheme would improve access to key sites including Bentley’s campus and Leighton Hospital.

The council is looking to procure the construction package for the roads, which is valued at £26m, through the Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework; the framework’s current sole contractor is Balfour Beatty.

Around 12 months ago, the council appointed property consultants Sanderson Weatherall to assist with land assembly and said it would aim for “acquisition by agreement” first rather than CPOs. Overall, the council is expected to purchase 25 acres of land in Leighton to get the scheme underway.

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