ENGINE OF NORTH SCHEME LEIGHTON
Engine of the North's development will provide 400 homes

Developers taste success in Crewe 

Dan Whelan

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. 

Place North West’s Cheshire Development Update will be held via Remo on Thursday 26 November. 

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Whilst not fully appreciating why we need so many new homes in our area I accept that nationally it is something being driven by the government and society as a whole. My issue is that the remainder of the infrastructure in the Crewe and local area isn’t being improved to cater for such a large influx of people. Perhaps I’m missing something in the overall plans but if so it isn’t totally clear what, how and when something is happening. For instance the A530 road changes still haven’t started and these were supposedly to be in place when Bentley shut Pym’s Lane and Sunnybank Road. Once again things aren’t aligning and I fail to understand why

By Paul J Morris