CEC launches consultation on draft Crewe HS2 Masterplan Vision
Cheshire East Council is to launch a public consultation on its draft Crewe HS2 Masterplan Vision.
The document provides a strategic framework for the town, showing how current regeneration plans for Crewe could be built upon through future development to maximise the economic benefits of an enhanced HS2 hub railway station.
If approved, the vision will be used to develop detailed plans and policies for key areas for investment, including from Crewe town centre to the areas around the existing station.
The draft masterplan vision is based on national government deciding to deliver both enhanced rail infrastructure and a hub station at Crewe capable of serving up to seven stopping high-speed HS2 trains per hour.
Together with a programme of investments in the town centre, hub station area and local highways network, the vision shows how Crewe could be truly transformed for the benefit of communities across the borough – creating potential employment, housing, retail, leisure, cultural and educational opportunities.
The draft masterplan vision would support the creation of almost 40,000 new jobs over the next 30 years in Crewe alone and facilitate additional economic growth across the surrounding towns in Cheshire East and neighbouring authorities.
It would also look to create a new commercial hub around the station housing more than 350,000 square metres of new commercial floor space and deliver an additional 7,000 homes, above existing plans, by 2043.
Cheshire East Council leader Cllr Rachel Bailey said: “The arrival of HS2 at Crewe by 2027 provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver nationally significant transformational economic growth and regeneration – not only to Crewe, but the whole of the sub-region.”
She added: “A fully-connected HS2 Crewe hub is a key aim of this council in order to maximise the enormous economic benefits this project will deliver to the whole sub-region and beyond. It reflects a plan-led approach to growth for Cheshire East and our partners.
“But Crewe needs to be HS2 ready. These huge potential benefits can only be delivered with the right masterplan framework in place for Crewe before the arrival of HS2. That is why we have produced this draft masterplan vision document which will undergo full public consultation.
“I would also reiterate that we wish to see the highest standards of mitigation and compensation for those people and businesses affected by the HS2 route.”
Cllr Bailey added that the council will continue to press for a strategic hub station at Crewe, served by increased HS2 services to and from London, Birmingham and Manchester.
The draft masterplan vision seeks to develop two complementary and linked centres, with development around the HS2 hub station focused on employment and Crewe town centre regenerated as the cultural, retail and leisure focus for Crewe and the wider area.
Council-led investments, such as proposals for a state-of-the-art Crewe History Centre, are examples of moves to make Crewe ‘HS2 ready’.
Cllr Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “The draft masterplan vision presents the prospect of a very exciting future for Crewe and builds on the successful town centre regeneration already in action.
“As a town built on the back of the Victorian investment in the railway, a successful framework for growth through a masterplan vision will ensure the town equally benefits from this next high-speed rail revolution.”
The six-week consultation will be launched later this month, following unanimous approval by Cheshire East Council’s cabinet earlier this week (Tuesday 7th November) and will be the first phase of the consultation process.
The draft masterplan vision will also be shared with key stakeholder groups for their feedback and comments.
Cheshire East Council’s Constellation Partnership brings together seven local authorities and two local enterprise partnerships. It comprises:
- Cheshire East Council
- Cheshire West and Chester Council
- Stoke-on-Trent City Council
- Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
- Stafford Borough Council
- Staffordshire County Council
- Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
- Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership