Knutsford is an historic, picturesque town surrounded by charming Cheshire countryside.

At North West Knutsford we want to create a place where people live, work, shop and socialise together, which will integrate with neighbouring communities and where residents can be proud of.

The Crown Estate owns land at Northwich Road and Manchester Road in Knutsford. We are proposing residential development and a 7.5 hectare business park to help meet local housing and employment requirements.

These sites have both been identified by Cheshire East Council for development within their emerging Local Plan.

About The Crown Estate

We are an independent commercial business, established by an Act of Parliament.
100% of our annual profits are returned to the Treasury for the benefit of the public finances.
Over the last 10 years, we have returned over £2.4bn to the Treasury.

Our history can be traced back to 1066. In the 21st century, we are a successful, commercial enterprise, established as a market leader in our key sectors and known for a progressive, sustainable approach that creates long term value, beyond its financial return.

Across our rural land portfolio, one of our core activities involves promoting development opportunities which help meet local housing needs. In the last year, we have secured planning permission for over 7000 new homes across the UK. Our property portfolio spans from Regent Street & St James in London’s West End to the UK’s seabed, regional retail parks and rural land.

Our Proposals

At North West Knutsford we want to create good quality homes and employment space for local jobs.

The map below outlines the two sites at Northwich Road and Manchester Road.

A separate planning application will be submitted for each site.

Northwich Road site

  • New homes
  • Walking and cycling routes
  • A range of open spaces
  • Affordable housing
  • Allotments
  • Community orchard

Manchester Road site

  • New homes
  • High quality Business Park for around 1,000 jobs
  • Walking and cycling routes
  • A range of open spaces
  • Affordable housing


  • Public exhibitions

    20th and 21st January 2017

  • Review feedback

    Review and incorporate feedback from the local community into the draft masterplan

  • Finalise masterplan

    February 2017

  • Proposed application date

    Spring 2017

  • Expected planning committee date

    Late 2017

  • Developer appointed


  • Work to commence

    Late 2018


Venue WA16 0PE

Dates 4pm to 8pm, Friday 20 January; 10am to 2pm, Saturday 21 January 2017

Venue: Curzon Cinema, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PE.

The consultation is now closed.

Get in touch

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