Area Action Plan for Crewe 

Crewe Station Hub Area Action Plan (CSHAAP)

The Local Plan Strategy was the first part of the new local plan to be adopted in July 2017. It contains strategic planning policies and site allocations, which are now used by the council to determine planning applications. However this is a ‘pre-HS2 plan’ and could not address the implications of HS2 in any detail because of the time when it was prepared.

Therefore, to realise the opportunities presented by HS2, manage this change and support investment and development of Crewe Station and the surrounding area, the Council will supplement the Development Plan with an Area Action Plan for the Crewe Station Hub. 

An Area Action Plan is a type of Development Plan Document providing a planning framework for a specific area of opportunity, change or conservation. Unlike the Councils Local Plan Strategy, the Area Action Plan will have a very narrow geographic focus, being confined to an area close to the existing Crewe Railway Station.

This is a more bespoke planning document than other plans which will set out a planning framework for development of the Hub Station and its environs. It is envisaged that the implications of HS2 on the wider Borough will be addressed through a full review of the Local Pan Strategy in due course. In the meantime there is an immediate imperative to manage change in the Crewe Station Hub area through appropriate planning policies.

The  CSHAAP will:

  • Establish a development framework which will facilitate and manage development around Crewe Hub Station.
  • Upon adoption, the  CSHAAP would form part of the statutory development plan and legally be the starting point for deciding planning applications.

Current Status

The Crewe Station Area Action Plan is currently in preparation.

We have published a  CSHAAP Issues Paper and are seeking feedback on the matters which the  CSHAAP should address. Consultation on the document is taking place until 5pm on Wednesday 5 December. The document is available to read and comment on via our consultation portal or view it individually below:

We would encourage you to respond online if you can and you can also pick up a paper comments form from your local library and post it to the Council’s Spatial Planning Team, Cheshire East Council, c/o Earle Street, Crewe, CW1 2BJ. Alternatively, you can print the comments form below and post to us at the above address.

A body of evidence is also being prepared which will inform the content of the final Crewe Station Hub Area Action Plan, building on previous work undertaken on the Crewe Masterplan.

Next Steps

We will consider all comments received on the Issues Paper before writing a draft version of the CSHAAP . There will be public consultation on this draft  CSHAAP before producing a revised draft for further consultation and submission to the Secretary of State for an independent examination.

Further Information

Adopted policies of the existing development plan, including those in the Local Plan Strategy and saved policies from the Crewe and Nantwich Local Plan will continue to be used whilst the  CSHAAP is being preparation.

Regular updates on  CSHAAP are available in our Spatial Planning Update.


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