The multi-storey car park in Crewe returns to committee for the second time

PLANNING | BAE brings forward Cheshire industrial

An application by BAE for five industrial units at Radway Green Business Park have been recommended for the go-ahead while a multi-storey car park in Crewe returns to committee in a busy agenda for next week’s Cheshire East strategic planning board.

BAE’s development is focussed on a distribution site adjacent to Radway Green Business Park and would effectively extend the park northwards. BAE is proposing 212,000 sq ft of industrial space across five units. This is an outline application, with access and layout to be determined at this stage; and appearance, landscaping and scale reserved for future determination. CBRE is advising the developer.

The application site forms three fields to the south east of Crewe Road. The Plough pub sits to the north east of the site, while housebuilder Persimmon has a consented scheme on the other side of Crewe Road. BAE’s proposal is recommended for approval subject to call-in by the Secretary of State.

The scheme is separate from an application that was put forward by Corbally Holdings at a brownfield site within Radway Green, which proposes 355,000 sq ft of development; this went before Cheshire East’s October planning committee and was approved last month.

The car park proposal is for the demolition of existing outbuildings behind the Royal Hotel, on Nantwich Road close to Crewe station, to be replaced by a six-storey 243-space multi-storey car park. The listed Royal is to be refurbished as part of the development by Property Capital. Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher is the architect, while GVA and Turley have also worked with Property Capital.

The plans have been scaled down from a previous proposal, losing two storeys, and approval was recommended ahead of October’s committee. However, the scheme was deferred, with committee asking for the building’s external appearance to be reconsidered, also asking for more information on traffic impact.

Measures have been taken in each area – in design terms, a “flatter” grey tone for the main cladding panels is proposed and copper-coloured detailing and panels have been introduced, and the rooftop parking layout amended.

This is now recommended for approval by the planning committee, which is due to meet on 21 November.

Elsewhere on the agenda, two reserved matters applications by Tatton Group for a housing scheme outside Knutsford are recommended for refusal; although the site has had consent for development and is allocated for housing under Cheshire East’s Local Plan, planners have argued the proposals by Tatton are “inappropriate” for the site.

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By James Marshall