Two plans totalling 1,250 homes in the Leighton area of the town have been approved by Cheshire East Council and stand to benefit from a £36.5m highways expansion project nearby.
Engine of the North, the council’s development company, has secured permission for 400 homes on a 47-acre site west of Minshull New Road.
The scheme, designed by architect IBI Group, is proposed to provide an affordable housing provision of up to 20%. Work is expected to start on site next year.
Meanwhile, an application from housebuilders Bloor Homes and Vistry Partnership proposing 850 homes on 117 acres north of Engine of the North’s scheme was also approved by Cheshire East.
The Bloor-Vistry site is split across two parcels of land that wrap around Leighton Hospital, which is itself subject to redevelopment proposals. The site is also earmarked to accommodate the local retail centre required by the expansion area and provide space for a primary school.
Consultancy Avison Young provided planning advice for both schemes.
In total, the Leighton masterplan covers an area of 242 acres north of Crewe town centre.
The two sites will be unlocked for redevelopment through the creation of a north-south spine road from Crewe up towards the Greater Manchester conurbation, including the construction of a new A530 road linking Smithy Lane, Minshull New Road and Middlewich Road.