Plans for Crewe regeneration to go before councillors

Detailed plans for the regeneration of Crewe town centre will go before the Cheshire East Council cabinet next week, as the council plans a £48.3m of investment to capitalise on HS2 arriving in 2027.

Artist's impression of the Royal Arcade designs. Image: Cheshire East Council
Artist's impression of the Royal Arcade designs. Image: Cheshire East Council

Investment in the town’s public realm form part of the plans, which aim to revitalise Crewe town centre, including the redevelopment of the Royal Arcade site, refurbishment of the Market Hall and trigger wider regeneration, investment and growth.

Cabinet members will look at the design of pedestrian areas, street furniture, event space and lighting – as well as the alternative options for the future of Crewe’s markets.

The proposals follow a masterplan produced by Arup and property consultants CBRE.

The council's director of infrastructure and highways Andrew Ross told Horticulture Week in April that landscape is central to its vision and its Quality of Place agenda. He said the council recognises that high-quality landscape can add both to commercial value and to the quality of the regeneration.

Cabinet members will consider plans on 12 September to enter into a development agreement with Peveril Securities – part of the Bowmer and Kirkland Group – and their development manager Cordwell Property Group, to transform the Royal Arcade site and deliver a mixed-use leisure and retail scheme.

The report seeks approval to invest almost £15m of council funding, alongside the allocation of £10m of funding from Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, which the council hopes to secure later this month.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: "It’s essential that Crewe becomes better placed to benefit from all that HS2 can bring, as well as deliver the ambitious economic growth targets outlined in the emerging Constellation Growth Strategy for the sub-region."

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