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Crewe Area Action Plan 

Crewe Hub Area Action Plan ( CHAAP )

HS2  (High Speed 2) and its associated growth offer an enormous opportunity to improve the economic, social and built environment of Crewe and beyond. In planning for the changes associated with the arrival of HS2 to Crewe, it is necessary to set out a bespoke planning framework within the Council's development plan.

Alongside a package of investment in Crewe, the Council is preparing the Crewe Hub Area Action Plan (CHAAP) which will support and enable future development around Crewe Station, helping the town to fully realise the benefits of HS2 . The Area Action Plan (AAP) sets out a planning framework to improve the environment, enable growth and deliver infrastructure.

The Crewe Hub AAP has a narrow geographic focus, and will be applied to the area around the existing Crewe railway station.

HS2 may have wider strategic implications for the borough, which will be addressed through a more full review of the Councils Local Plan in due course. In the meantime however, there is an immediate need to plan for the transformative opportunities that HS2 presents and to manage change in the area through appropriate planning policies.

The CHAAP will:

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

Current status

CHAAP Publication Version: Taking into account feedback from previous stages, the Council is preparing to consult on its final version of the CHAAP .

This publication version of the plan will include a full suite of planning policies, infrastructure requirements and the Crewe Hub Masterplan, which will set out the Councils preferred approach to development in the area.

The plan will be consulted on following submission to Cabinet in Spring 2020.

Previous consultations:

Issues paper, November 2018: To investigate some of the key issues at stake for this project, the Council published a CHAAP issues paper between the 6 of November 2018 and the 5 of December 2018. The document is available to read by following this link to our consultation portal or by downloading the document below. A summary of representations received is also provided below:

CSHAAP  development strategy, February 2019: The development strategy presented a series of options regarding the boundary of the plan area and the levels of growth that the council should be planning for. It also set out a vision and series of objectives that the AAP should seek to achieve, some key policies, and identified a series of ‘opportunity areas’ that could be planned in more detail as part of a masterplan for the area.

CHAAP  development strategy and further options, July 2019: This document set out more detailed planning policies for the Crewe Hub and developed the approach further. It also included detailed proposals for a package of highways measures, including the Southern Link Road Bridge, for consultation.

Next steps

The Council is preparing a CHAAP Publication Draft for consultation during Spring 2020. Following consultation the Crewe Hub AAP will be reviewed by Council for submission to the Secretary of State. The Crewe Hub AAP is expected to be examined at the end of 2020 and adopted by Summer 2021.

Further information

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

Regular updates on CHAAP  are available in our strategic planning update.


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