Scheme is first brought forward by housebuilders’ partnership

Vistry and Bloor Homes has been given outline approval for an 850-home masterplan in Crewe by Cheshire East council.

Each developer will build half of the homes, with the scheme forming part of the Council’s wider North West Crewe Package which will see £36.5m invested in the area’s highways and infrastructure.

Initial plans for the 117 acre site surrounding Leighton Hospital include space for a 4,400sq m local retail centre and land reserved for a primary school.

Leighton Road Masterplan

The masterplan is situated on a 117-acre site surrounding Leighton hospital

Play areas, sports pitches and allotments feature in the masterplan along with new ponds and other ecological areas. 

Vistry managing director Ian Hilliker said a reserved matters application will be lodged in the “not too distant future”.

Avison Young was the lead planning and environmental consultant on the application. 

Vistry, formed from the merger of Bovis Homes and Galliford Try’s housebuilding and partnerships businesses in January, reinstated its dividend earlier this month after reporting “robust” sales despite a second lockdown.

In a trading update for the four months between 1 July and 11 November, the firm said it was on track to deliver profit for the year at the top end of the expected range of between £130-140m, adding that it expected to more than double this to £310m in 2021.