Cheshire East Council has signed a development agreement to bring forward a key scheme in Crewe town centre.
The agreement between the Council and its development partner Peveril Securities Ltd – marks a significant move forward in Crewe’s transformation and will pave the way for planning applications for the scheme to be submitted.
The Royal Arcade scheme will include a new bus station with an enclosed passenger waiting area, a 400-space multi-storey car park and leisure, restaurant and retail units –anchored by a new state-of-the-art cinema.
Commenting on the development, Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “The development agreement is the latest step in what is an exciting programme of regeneration for Crewe.
“We appreciate that the current pandemic has brought uncertain times for all of us, but this news not only shows our shared vision for the regeneration of Crewe town centre, it also shows our commitment to rebuilding the local economy.
“A planning application is expected to be submitted in spring next year, with a partially completed bus station expected to be in place by summer 2022, with the plan to deliver the full facility and new car park in spring 2023.”
Property services firm, Cushman & Wakefield, advised Cheshire East Council throughout from the initial town centre strategy, site assembly, support with the business case for Local Growth and the Future High Street Funding, and the EU compliant developer selection process.
Demolition works at the Royal Arcade site will begin later this month.
Keith Hardman, International Partner, Development & Planning at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Cheshire East Council’s pragmatism and drive to deliver this key development is to be commended. The scheme is a key catalyst in the regeneration and repositioning of Crewe town centre. Concluding the development agreement despite the challenging economic and property market headwinds, is a significant milestone event in itself. The imminent commencement of demolition work on part of the site and preparation for the early delivery of a new bus interchange and multi-storey car park will support the future development of the leisure and other commercial aspects of the scheme across the wider site.”