Site LPS 6: Crewe Green
The development of Crewe Green over the Local Plan Strategy period will be achieved through:
- The delivery of around 150 homes;
- The provision of land to Cheshire East Council that is necessary to facilitate the delivery of highway improvements at Crewe Green Roundabout. Such improvement to be completed before development of the new homes starts on site; and
- The incorporation of green infrastructure, to include open space provision, including children's equipped play space/multi use games area.
Site Specific Principles of Development
- The provision of a high quality design on this gateway site to Crewe, which lies in close proximity to the Crewe Green Conservation Area and numerous listed buildings. Development should have regard to the need to conserve and enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area, including its setting and that of the various heritage assets within it. Development will be required to include appropriate landscaping to minimise its impact on the Green Gap and the historic environment.
- The development of this site will assist in the facilitation and delivery of highway improvements at Crewe Green roundabout.
- The Local Plan Strategy site is expected to provide affordable housing in line with the policy requirements set out in Policy SC 5 'Affordable Homes'.
- Development should incorporate green infrastructure and reflect 'The Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Crewe' (TEP, 2012) including tree planting; the creation of tree lined boulevards with the provision of greenspaces within new developments. This should include the creation of green spaces, including those linking green infrastructure, with safe and secure pedestrian and cycle routes that should be integrated into any development proposals.
- The improvement of existing and provision of new pedestrian and cycle links to link new and existing residential areas, employment areas, shops, schools and health facilities.
- The inclusion of appropriate planting and buffering along the northern boundary of the site.
- Provision of habitat for protected species, if required.
- The development will be expected to provide contributions to education provision and health infrastructure.
- A desk based archaeological assessment is required for the site, with appropriate mitigation being carried out, if required.
- A minimum of a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment for contaminated land should be carried out to demonstrate that the site is, or could be made, suitable for use should it be found to be contaminated. Further work, including a site investigation, may be required at a pre-planning stage, depending on the nature of the site.
15.104 This site is a gateway site into Crewe. The development of this site will assist in the delivery of improvements to the Crewe Green roundabout which is a key piece of highway infrastructure and is identified in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan which states that the roundabout suffers from peak period delays and includes it within the ‘Physical Infrastructure Delivery Schedule'.
15.105 The key gateway location of the site, along with its close proximity to Crewe Green Conservation Area, necessitates the delivery of a very high quality designed development, including appropriate landscaping to reduce the visual impact of the development. The provision of new green infrastructure and the improvement of existing green infrastructure are of paramount importance. This will assist in improving the health and wellbeing of residents, as well as enhancing the environment of the town and reflects the findings of the Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Crewe (TEP, 2012) and will also help deliver the aspirations of ‘All Change for Crewe: High Growth City’.
15.106 Funding sources for improvements to the Crewe Green roundabout are a Local Growth Fund Grant and third-party developer contributions secured by the council.
15.107 Habitat for protected species must be provided if required.
15.108 The development will be expected to provide contributions to education provision.
15.109 Any replacement and/or new sports provision should be in accordance with an adopted up to date and robust Playing Pitch Strategy and Indoor Sports Strategy and with Policy SC 2 ‘Indoor and Outdoor Sports Facilities’.
15.110 The site has potential for contamination to be present therefore at least a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment for contaminated land needs to be carried out to ensure that any contamination that is present is subject to appropriate remediation.
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