Crewe Area Action Plan 

Crewe Hub Area Action Plan ( CHAAP )

HS2 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. Whilst the Local Plan Strategy (LPS) contains strategic planning policies and site allocations, this is a ‘pre-HS2 plan’ that could not address the implications of HS2 in any detail because of the time when it was prepared.

The ‘Crewe hub’ is the area around a future HS2 station that will be the subject of key development and investment and 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 the CHAAP .

An Area Action Plan (AAP) is a type of development plan document providing a planning framework for a specific area of opportunity, change or conservation. Unlike the Council's LPS , the AAP will have a very narrow geographic focus, being confined to an area around 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 HS2 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 LPS in due course. In the meantime there is an immediate imperative to plan for the transformative opportunities that HS2 presents and manage change in the Crewe hub area through appropriate planning policies.

The CHAAP will:

  • Establish a development framework which will facilitate and manage development around a future 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 development strategy and further options: Taking into account feedback from previous stages, the Council is currently consulting on an updated version of the development strategy that includes more detail than published in January and a package of measures to support improvement to the local highways network. Importantly this consultation is seeking views on a proposed Southern Link Road Bridge (SLRB), south of the station, and the route options that are being considered to enable this.

The SLRB is subject to additional consultation. More detail can be found on its dedicated webpage.

Consultation on the CHAAP development strategy and further options took place over six weeks beginning on 22 July 2019 and closed at midnight on 3 September 2019. The relevant documents are available to read and comment on by visiting our consultation portal.

Hard copies of the CHAAP development strategy can be viewed at Crewe library, Nantwich library, Council offices at Delamere House and Municipal Buildings (Crewe), Westfields (Sandbach) and Macclesfield Town Hall.

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:

CHAAP development strategy, January 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.

Next steps

The Council will consider all comments received on the CHAAP development strategy before producing a revised draft in the autumn of 2019 for further consultation ahead of submission to the Secretary of State examination.

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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