A HUGE housing scheme on the doorstep of a new entertainment park looks set to be approved.
Derelict land near the Phoenix Leisure Park in Crewe could be turned into an estate of 215 homes, comprising a mix of two and three-storey houses and apartments.
The site, bounded by Dunwoody Way, Richard Moon Street and Holt Street, is former railway land and adjoins the Chester-Crewe line.
It is a stone's throw from the leisure development where a cinema, bowling alley, restaurant and bingo hall will open by the autumn.
Facilities would be built to serve the estate including a primary healthcare centre, veterinary surgery, nursery and opticians on land between the estate and the Morrisons superstore.
Developer Redrow Homes Ltd would be asked to pay £100,000 towards upgrading nearby recreation areas and a road would be built through the site from the junction of Flag Lane and Delamere Street to Dunwoody Way.
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council planning officials believe the scheme would inject much-needed life into a drab area of the town.
They are asking councillors to give the go-ahead at a development control meeting on Tuesday.
A spokesman said: 'The scheme avoids the need for greenfield land to be released elsewhere and is in line with Government advice for the use of brownfield sites of this kind.'
But Highways officials believe the scheme does not do enough to ease the impact on Crewe town centre congestion.
They have come up with a list of recommendations including cycle lanes on Richard Moon Street and traffic lights on Flag Lane.