Shavington has suffered from a lack of house-building for quite some time, with no housing development of any scale having taken place since the mid-1980s. But times have changed. This trend needs to be reversed and for the people of Shavington to benefit from the delivery of new homes.
The East Shavington site is ideally located to deliver the new homes needed in the area. It was considered as far back as 1999 as an 'area of search' for new housing by the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council. This site is currently unoccupied and unused, and is not part of the important Green Gap that separates Shavington and Crewe. The site benefits from good public transport access, close proximity to shops and services in the village, including Shavington Primary School, as well as a range of services offered in Crewe and Nantwich Town Centres.
Located close to Basford West and Basford East employment areas, the site is also conveniently located to existing employment opportunities, notably Crewe Gates Farm Industrial Estate, Crewe Business Park, Crewe Hall Enterprise Park and Manchester Metropolitan University's Crewe campus. Cheshire East Council recently published its Draft Crewe Town Strategy for consultation. The strategy outlines the Council's vision to achieve a jobs-growth led vision for Crewe and considers how the town might develop in the future. It indicates where new employment and housing may be located, identifying East Shavington as a potential housing site to meet Shavington's local housing need and also assist the needs of the wider Crewe area.
People want to live in communities with a heart, where local residents and visitors can browse in local shops and use local facilities that are easily accessible and within an attractive environment. However, this could be improved in Shavington. In recent years, local shops and services have closed. This situation is not uncommon in villages and towns, but it should not be permanent. New homes in East Shavington would be located close to the heart of the village and are within walking distance to shops and services, therefore people will use them. This will increase spending in the area and have a positive economic impact locally.
Shavington is a traditional village with its own identity and plans for residential development should complement the existing character of the area, whilst delivering wider benefits, both for new and existing residents.
Landscape context plan for the East Shavington development (image courtesy of Google Earth)