Leighton Green is a 16.58 hectare strategic development site at the western edge of Crewe, close to Leighton Hospital. The site is bounded by Middlewich Road, Pyms Lane and Minshull New Road.
Cheshire East Council owns the southern part of the site and it is allocated within the new Local Plan to be suitable for up to 400 new homes and community outdoor and recreation facilities. The northern part of the allocation is being promoted by Bloor Homes and Galliford Try. As part of the Local Plan allocation there is capacity to extend Leighton Hospital.
We have worked closely with Bloor Homes and Galliford Try, the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire East Highways and Infrastructure to comprehensively masterplan for the wider allocation. Part of this overall development proposal includes a new north-south road linking Minshull New Road to Smithy Lane, improving access to Leighton Hospital and helping to alleviate congestion on Minshull New Road.
Cheshire East Council owns the southern part of the site, which could accommodate around 400 new residential properties. There would be a mix of housing types and sizes, including 2, 3 and 4 bedroom family homes as well as apartments. The layout of the new housing would be designed to link to the existing community and a proportion of affordable housing is proposed. Community outdoor sports and recreation facilities can also be accommodated.
Transport and Connectivity
Cheshire East Council’s strategic infrastructure and highways team achieved planning approval for the North West Crewe Package of new road improvements in 2019.
These changes will see a total of 1.8 miles of new roads created. There will be a number of new accesses into the application site – from three new roundabouts on the A530 Middlewich Road and from a new mini-roundabout at the southern end of Minshull New Road.
This diagram shows the various changes, which include:
The site is accessible via existing bus routes running along Minshull New Road and Pyms Lane. These routes ensure connectivity between the site and the existing settlement to the east of Minshull New Road.
PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE ACCESS
The existing footpath that currently crosses the site, connecting the community to the open countryside would be retained and enhanced.
In 2019, a public consultation was held on the proposed new development at Leighton Green. An outline planning application was submitted to the local authority and a decision is awaited. Further details of the planning application can be found here.
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