• 16.58 hectare site
  • Up to 400 new homes
  • Community sport and recreation facilities

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.




  • The land within Cheshire East’s ownership could deliver up to 400 much-needed new homes.
  • New job and training opportunities would be created during construction.
  • Significant community open space created, which could include outdoor sports pitches and facilities, play areas and fitness trails. A new green corridor would be created with tree and shrub planting, creating new habitat opportunities for wildlife.
  • A new spine road connecting Minshull New Road and Smithy Lane, helping to ease traffic flow on Minshull New Road and improve access to the hospital.



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:


  • Measures to reduce the number of vehicles using the section of Minshull New Road outside Leighton Academy
  • A new roundabout on the A530 to the north of Leighton Hospital, connecting to a realigned Flowers Lane
  • A new roundabout on the A530 to the south of Leighton Hospital, connecting to a realigned Smithy Lane
  • A new North/South road through the site would be created from Smithy Lane connecting to a new East/ West link road, which would itself connect to the A530 Middlewich Road via a new roundabout at Leighton Hall Farm.





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.



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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