The luxury car manufacturer’s long-term plan for its Crewe headquarters has been approved for consultation by Cheshire East Council, and from January will be the subject of a six-week public consultation.
Bentley Motors is the largest employer in Crewe, with more than 4,000 staff on a site around Pyms Lane and Middlewich Road.
Bentley was granted planning consent in May for a 500,000 sq ft expansion, delivering an engineering technical centre, design centre, and workshop, to be constructed on an 11-acre site opposite Bentley’s office and warehouse complex.
While the masterplan acknowledges that this project will begin to realise Bentley’s campus vision, the company outlines “a wider plan of expansion and integration”. It proposes the creation of a single site through the closure of two roads, Sunnybank Road and Pyms Lane, which currently cut across the land and split it into three plots.
The masterplan includes proposals to extend the Bentley site north up Middlewich Road, to reach the route of the planned Leighton West Link Road. Most of this is land owned by Cheshire East Council, which a report to the council said “would be the subject of detailed negotiations going forward”.
From 3 January, the public will be able to comment on the plans online here: http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning/bentley-master-plan/bentley-masterplan.aspx
Bentley will host two drop-in events at its Pyms Lane offices:
- 12 January 2017 from 3pm to 8pm
- 14 January 2017 from 10am to 2pm
Following the consultation, the framework will return to the council for consideration in spring.
Bentley is advised by How Planning, AHR Architects and WYG.