Cheshire East planning committee resolved to delegate approval of a scheme for 325 homes at Land West of David Whitby Way, Crewe. Randall Thorp assisted Taylor Wimpey with their Homes England tender, and subsequently provided landscape and Design Justification Statement (DJS) coordination services for the application.

The site comprises the residential element of a wider project involving a health centre, offices, restaurants and more, which had secured outline approval in 2016.

The Taylor Wimpey proposals will deliver a range of housing types with 1-4 bedrooms. 98 homes will be designated as affordable. A multi-functional public open space network features a central park which follows the corridor of Basford Brook, and includes a range of play spaces, community orchard planting and new sustainable drainage ponds. The housing layout and open space distribution was sensitively designed to complement ‘Crotia Mill’, a locally valued destination which sits at the heart of the site and forms a key landmark along the pedestrian network through the wider area. The northern part of the site was designed primarily for ecological benefit with limited public access. Landscape proposals within the residential areas were designed to complement the aspirations of the Cheshire East Design Guide, incorporating street trees and rain gardens to enhance the character of the development and to contribute to sustainability.

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