North West Crewe Package (NWCP)

The scheme

Cheshire East Council has ambitious plans to develop the north west of Crewe to provide housing and land for business.

To help with this process, we propose to undertake a series of highways and junction improvements around Leighton.

These improvements will facilitate access to development land identified in the councils Local Plan. They will reduce congestion and improve access to Leighton Hospital, as well as potentially allowing local businesses to expand.

The highways scheme, known as the North West Crewe Package (NWCP) would include the construction of a new road linking Smithy Lane, Minshull New Road and Middlewich Road (A530).

It would include the realignment of Smithy Lane, Flowers Lane and improvement to other road junctions associated with the scheme.

We also propose to close a section of Minshull New Road located outside of Leighton Academy to traffic.

Engagement exercise

We have produced our proposed design for the scheme and would like to hear your views on it before we submit the planning application. Further information about the scheme can be found in the engagement leaflet (PDF, 2.1MB).

We will be holding three exhibitions:

  • Tuesday 13 March 2pm to 8pm at:

    Legends Health and Conference Centre
    Bentley Motors
    Sunnybank Road
    CW2 8WD
  • Saturday 17 March 10am to 3pm at:

    Leighton Academy
    Minshull New Road
    CW1 3PP
  • Thursday 22 March 2pm to 8pm at:

    Legends Health and Conference Centre
    Bentley Motors
    Sunnybank Road
    CW2 8WD

You can provide your feedback on the scheme between the 5 March 2018 and 11:59pm on 3 April 2018 through our online feedback form. Alternatively, you can comment through the following channels:

  • Exhibition: visit one of our exhibitions and fill out a feedback form;
  • Email:
  • Post: your response using the free-post address:

5 First Street, Manchester
M15 4GU

Once the engagement closes on the 3 April we will analyse and combine your feedback to produce a report which will be available to view on this website.

The scheme will be submitted to the local planning authority in June 2018. If it is successful construction will commence in early 2019, subject to funding and completion of necessary statutory procedures.