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Emerging Crewe masterplan aims to boost growth and investment

A new Crewe masterplan is being prepared to highlight prime development opportunities in the centre of the Cheshire town.

A team led by Arup and CBRE is working on the emerging vision to underpin transformational change and help boost Crewe’s growth and investment.

Highlights from the masterplan, which will also support the creation of new jobs and the delivery of more homes to meet the needs of people and employers in the area, were unveiled at the MIPIM exhibition in Cannes last week.

Cheshire East Council aims to create 37,000 jobs in the town by 2043, with a proposed HS2 hub station also expected to enhance the area.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, says: “The Crewe masterplan gives an insight into the future of the town.

“The council is both a major investor and a major advocate for Cheshire East and it is right that the local authority commits time and resources to build market confidence and promote Cheshire East as a great place to be – and help deliver jobs, investment and greater opportunities for all our residents.

“With HS2 coming to Crewe in 2027, the town is set to become one of the most connected places in the UK and a great place to invest and do business. This will be a revolutionary change for the area as Crewe will be only 25 minutes by train from central Manchester and Birmingham as well as being less than an hour from central London.”

The Northern Gateway Development Zone, which spans Cheshire and Staffordshire, was renamed Constellation Partnership last week as the area looks to drive growth forward.

Jackie Sadek, chair of the Constellation Partnership, adds: “We need to maintain momentum and encourage early investment in our region to avoid missing out on the 40-square miles of some of the brightest investment opportunities in the whole of the country over the next 25 years.”