Land and property investment company HIMOR is to host a public exhibition of it’s Gresty Oaks proposal as it continues to make the case for a sustainable urban extension to the south of Crewe.
The exhibition, to be held at Shavington High School on 15th May 2013, is to provide information about the proposals and their impact upon Crewe, as well as to seek feedback from interested parties that can inform a future planning application.
The Gresty Oaks proposals were revealed in October 2012 in response to a Draft Crewe Town Strategy that identified a need for 3,300 additional homes to meet the town’s future housing need.
It is HIMOR’s belief that Gresty Oaks is the most appropriate location for the growth of Crewe because of its adjacency to the existing urban area, accessibility to the town and ability to be accommodated within the landscape.
Gresty Oaks was not identified as a preferred strategic site in a Borough-wide Draft Development Strategy and HIMOR used its representations on that document in February 2013 to urge Cheshire East to reconsider the Council’s support for two new villages at Stowford and Barthomley, as well as the continued growth of Shavington.
HIMOR prefers to work with all relevant stakeholders to establish the principle of development through the development plan process,
but Associate Director at HIMOR, Samuel Stafford, said that “given the number of planning applications that are expected to be submitted around Crewe over the coming months, and our belief that it is Crewe itself that should grow rather than new or existing settlements on it’s periphery, we are having to consider the submission of a planning application before the next stage of the development plan process”.
Gresty Oaks would be developed in the form of a garden suburb that would create a new community of around 1,100 new homes within an existing landscape setting that, together with the committed Basford East and Basford West proposals, could form a new ‘Strategic Southern Gateway’ for Crewe.
The Gresty Oaks proposals are heavily influenced by Garden City principles, which include basing designs on an understanding and an appreciation of the context and character of a place. This has resulted in a high quality design for a new community that includes a district centre and community facilities within a mature framework of ponds, hedgerows, trees and woodlands.
The proposals are the result of a comprehensive masterplanning process that has been led by e*SCAPE Urbanists. The masterplanning process has paid particular attention to ensuring that the proposals are sympathetic to the character of the area.
Roger Lomas, Managing Director at e*SCAPE Urbanists believes that the Strategic Southern Gateway concept could be genuinely transformational for Crewe. “We believe that the site is an appropriate one for development and that, by incorporating Garden City principles, we can create a fabulous place to live in a way that respects and minimises the impact on the area”, said Roger.
The public exhibition at Shavington High School is being held between 3.30pm and 8pm on 15th May 2013 and residents and other interested parties are welcome to view the proposals, ask questions of the HIMOR team, and leave feedback that will be used inform a future planning application.
Anybody unable to attend on the day is welcome to contact HIMOR for a copy of the presentation material, or view the plans online at www.grestyoaks.co.uk.
Information and images supplied courtesy of HIMOR Group Ltd.