Greater Manchester Struggling with Green Belt Loss – Crewe Garden City is the Solution

It is clear that politically the scale of Green Belt loss proposed as part of the Greater Manchester Strategic Plan (25,000) cannot be contained.

How much will remain is hard to predict – but if Andy Burnham becomes combined authority Mayor then it could be down to less than 5,000.  So where then should the 20 odd thousand go?

The obvious answer is Crewe:

  1. It is the closest Large town on a Plane to GM
  2. It is beyond the Green Belt
  3. With the extension of phase I of HS2 to Crewe, as Jackie Sadik has argued arguably it will be Britain’s best connected town
  4. It is an engine with innovation with Bentleyand other large employers
  5. It has a network of rails lines spanning from it with potential for new stations and local commuter services
  6. It could become the North’s Eindhoven with the right R&D and HFE investment
  7. It is already planned for growth and could further expand to the north east, west and south outside its Green Gaps.
  8. With HS2 it could become a pilot for land auctions of development rights, capturing land value uplift Garden City style – as proposed in the Budget for Crossrail 2.
  9. The Green Belt can be expanded to the South East of Crewe up to the extent of its growth – acting as a ‘Green Belt Swap’ to other areas of Cheshire East and Greater Manchester.





5 thoughts on “Greater Manchester Struggling with Green Belt Loss – Crewe Garden City is the Solution

  1. Does point 9 mean the loss of the Stoke-on-Trent greenbelt between Newcastle and the south east of Crewe? All in all a good idea on the face of it, but Cheshire East seem intent upon developing Crewe as a “High growth City”, with no mention of the Garden City concept and the inherent need to protect the spaces between the historic towns and villages in South Cheshire. The green gaps between Crewe, Nantwich, Middlewich and Sandbach are valued and under threat as it is, largely due to HS2.

  2. Great post. I just need to point out that Bentley (not Rolls Royce) is the world-class car builder in Crewe, with significant expansion plans proposed in a Master Plan. Crewe is expected to grow from a town into a city: but then it needs to blossom and mature into a Garden City such as you suggest.

  3. I’m just trying to work out who the other large employers are in Crewe. There’s always the local hospital I suppose.

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