A plan is being put together by experts and Cheshire East Council to capitalise on opportunities set to come from the proposed new HS2 hub station.
The authority has unveiled its plans at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes, following work with international masterplanners Arup and property experts CBRE.
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.”