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Tuesday 28 January 2020

Still time to comment on potential homes, rail and marina developments

A final round of public consultation is taking place to help shape a proposed housing, open space and marina project – which also includes hopes for a renewed passenger rail service in the borough.

The Brooks Lane area of Middlewich is earmarked for a range of new development opportunities, with aspirations for reintroducing passenger rail services to the town. Both Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council have expressed support for the re-opening of the Sandbach-Middlewich-Northwich line for passenger services.

While this is not within the gift of local councils, the authorities will continue to work with Network Rail, Transport for the North and the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership to progress this.

Identified as a potential development site within the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy, the Brooks Lane supplementary planning document details a vision to see an additional 200 homes, a marina, public open space, and cycling and walking routes.

Residents and all interested parties have until 4 March 2020 to express their views on the document, which shows how these development proposals could progress. This is the last round of consultation before a final blueprint is agreed and put before the council. Once adopted, the masterplan will become an important consideration whenever the council has to determine relevant planning applications.

The final draft supplementary planning document  and its associated statement of consultation, can be viewed and responded to at:

It is also available for viewing at:

● Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ;

● Delamere House, Delamere Street, Crewe CW1 2JZ;

● Macclesfield Town Hall, Macclesfield SK10 1EA.

You can also comment by emailing or in writing to the Spatial Planning Team, Cheshire East Council, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ.

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