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The redevelopment of the Royal Arcade site in Crewe will take another step forward this week as a public consultation on the plans gets underway.
Details of the proposed scheme will go on display in the town centre – ahead of a planning application being submitted in April – and will outline how the redevelopment is planned to be delivered in two phases.
Phase one would see the construction of a new bus station and 400-space multi-storey car park, while phase two would see a leisure-led and retail unit development, including a state-of-the-art cinema, 10-pin bowling centre, gym, restaurants, cafes and bars and public realm enhancements.
The planning application, on behalf of Cheshire East Council, will be submitted as a ‘hybrid’ scheme, meaning that plans for phase one will be submitted with full details and the plans for phase two will be submitted in outline.
By taking this approach, the general uses and the layout of the leisure and retail scheme can be considered at the same time as the bus station and multi-storey car park, leaving detailed design matters to be submitted at a later date.
It also means that the new bus station and car park would be opened ahead of the leisure and retail space.
Together, the proposals will bring a number of key benefits for Crewe including modern transport facilities, and a significant improvement to the leisure and retail offer which in turn will provide confidence for further investment and new jobs in the town.
The two-week public consultation on the plans will run between 8-19 March and the feedback received will be considered ahead of the planning application being submitted.
The plans will be on display on hoardings at the corner of Queensway/Victoria Street, as well as at the bus station.
Subject to planning permission being granted, works on the site would mobilise in autumn this year.
The existing bus station would be in operation until summer 2022 when it would then be replaced with a temporary bus station layout, while the new bus station is being constructed.
The new bus station and multi-storey car park are then due to open in spring 2023.
For phase 2, a further planning application will be submitted in spring 2022 for the final design of the leisure and retail units.
Once the new bus station and car park are opened, work can start on the leisure and retail units.
The target date for the completion of the full scheme – which includes improvements to the public realm on Victoria Street and Queensway – is spring 2025.
Feedback on the plans can be given by:
• Scanning the QR code on the hoardings in Crewe town centre.
• By post: Q+A Planning, The Stables, Paradise Wharf, Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2JN; or
• Posting feedback for free in the council post box located at Delamere House.
Or you can comment on the consultation using the following email link firstname.lastname@example.org