Cheshire East Council has today launched a public consultation on its draft Crewe HS2 masterplan vision, which looks at how the town can maximise the impact of an HS2 station by building 3.5m sq ft of commercial space and 7,000 additional homes by 2043.
The draft masterplan vision is based on the Government deciding to deliver both enhanced rail infrastructure and a hub station at Crewe capable of serving up to seven stopping high-speed HS2 trains per hour, with direct services to Manchester, Birmingham and London.
Together with a programme of investments in the town centre, hub station surrounding area and local highways network, the vision shows how Crewe could benefit through housing, retail, leisure, cultural and educational opportunities.
The masterplan vision aims to support the creation of almost 40,000 new jobs over the next 30 years in Crewe and facilitate additional economic growth across the surrounding towns in Cheshire East and neighbouring authorities.
It would also look to create a new commercial hub around the station housing more than 3.5m sq ft of commercial floorspace and deliver an additional 7,000 homes, above existing plans, by 2043.
The public consultation is open until 5pm on Friday 12 January. Feedback on the masterplan vision can be given by:
- Completing the online survey, which should take 15 minutes, via the link: https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/HS2VisionConsultation/
- Emailing Hayley.Kirkham@cheshireeast.gov.uk; or
- Writing to Hayley Kirkham, head of HS2 Growth, Cheshire East Council, 6th Floor, Delamere House, Delamere Street, Crewe, CW1 2JZ
The six-week consultation follows unanimous approval by Cheshire East Council’s cabinet on 7 November and will be the first phase of the consultation process. The draft masterplan will also be shared with key stakeholder groups for their feedback and comments.