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Monday 20 March 2017

Masterplan jobs boost for Crewe


Cheshire East Council has unveiled a future vision for Crewe that seeks to bring 37,000 new jobs to the town by 2043.

Following the announcements about the proposed new HS2 hub station, Cheshire East Council – using a team led by international masterplanners Arup and property experts CBRE – is preparing a masterplan, which covers areas of prime development land in central Crewe.

The emerging Crewe masterplan – unveiled at a MIPIM property conference –

showcases new development opportunities and will underpin transformational change, supporting the creation of new jobs and making Crewe one of the UK’s key destinations for growth and investment.

It will also deliver more homes to meet the needs of local people and employers, reflecting one of the prime locations at the heart of the UK and HS2 rail network.

At the conference, Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “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.”

Jackie Sadek, chairperson of the Constellation Partnership, formerly the Northern Gateway Development Zone Partnership, gave an overview of the connectivity HS2 will bring to the area, with strong governance, partnerships and a commitment to new physical and social infrastructure.

At the launch of the Constellation Partnership, she said: “In little over a decade, Crewe will be the most connected place in the UK, with its high speed rail ‘super hub’ giving 360 degree connectivity, north and south, east and west, and in turn providing a massive and long-lasting boost to Cheshire and Staffordshire, as well as the north of England and Scotland.

“This year is a big year for the Constellation Partnership, with our growth strategy to be submitted to government. 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.”

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