Cheshire East Local Plan StrategyCheshire East Local Plan

The Local Plan is the Statutory Development Plan for Cheshire East and is the basis for determining planning applications. This page contains information on the new Local Plan for Cheshire East, which is currently being prepared and will guide development up to 2030.

Prior to the adoption of documents in the new Local Plan, the Saved Policies from the Congleton Local Plan, Crewe and Nantwich Local Plan, Macclesfield Local Plan, Cheshire Waste Plan and Cheshire Minerals Plan will continue to be used.

Submission of Local Plan Strategy

Cheshire East Council submitted its Local Plan Strategy to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 20th May 2014 in preparation for independent examination.

Further information, including the formal 'Notice of Submission',  anticipated dates for hearing sessions, submission documents (including representations received) and background evidence is available on the Local Plan Submission Page on our Consultation Portal.

The Local Plan Strategy sets out the Council's case for sustainable economic growth and is the strategy that the Council wants to adopt to manage development in Cheshire East up to 2030.

New Local Plan for Cheshire East

The new Local Plan will cover a range of matters including the number of new homes that are needed and where they should be located; the amount and location of new employment land; protection and improvement of important open areas and provision of new ones; provision of new infrastructure and improvement of town centres and community facilities in the Borough.

Local Plan Documents

The new Local Plan will consist of three key documents:

  1. The Local Plan Strategy, which sets out the overall vision and planning strategy for development in the Borough. It also identifies strategic sites and strategic locations that will accommodate most of the new development needed;
  2. The Site Allocations and Development Policies document, which will allocate the remaining sites needed for future development and set out detailed planning policies to be used when considering planning applications.
  3. The Waste Development Plan Document, which will set out policies for dealing with waste and identify sites for waste management facilities.

The new Local Plan will be supported by an Adopted Policies Map which will show sites, policies and environmental / heritage designations on an Ordnance Survey map. It will also be accompanied by an Infrastructure Delivery Plan which will set out future infrastructure needs and how these will be provided.

Further information on each part of the new Local Plan and its various supporting documents is shown in the table:

Item Description
Local Plan Strategy The Local Plan Strategy is the centrepiece of the Local Plan, setting out strategic priorities for the development of the area along with planning policies and proposals. The Local Plan Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State on 20th May 2014 in preparation for independent examination. Further information can be viewed on the Consultation Portal.
Site Allocations and Development Policies This document will allocate the remaining sites needed for future development and set out further detailed planning policies to be used when considering planning applications. Production of the Site Allocations and Development Policies document will follow the Local Plan Strategy.
Local Plan Consultations Community engagement is very important in developing the new Local Plan. This page reports on the consultations that have been carried out so far (including the Issues Paper, Town Strategies, Development Strategy and Pre-Submission Core Strategy) and those that are coming up soon. You can also register online to receive updates on Local Plan consultations.
Local Plan Research and Evidence Research and evidence is important to ensure that the Local Plan addresses the issues and needs present in the area. A large body of research and evidence has been published to inform the Local Plan including a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, a Strategic Housing Market Assessment, an Employment Land Review and a Green Belt Assessment.
Supplementary Planning Documents These give more detailed guidance on the implementation of policies, for example, on affordable housing and planning contributions. A number of Supplementary Planning Documents are already adopted.
Local Development Scheme Sets out the timetable for the preparation of Local Plan documents. The current scheme covers the period 2014 - 2016.
Statement of Community Involvement Describes how the Council will involve the community and other interested parties in the preparation of new Local Plan documents and in the consideration of planning applications
Annual Monitoring Report Sets out progress made on producing Local Plan documents and implementing planning policies. Data is reported on targets and indicators that enable the Council to monitor the effectiveness of its planning policies.
Infrastructure Delivery Plan The Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan (PDF, 1.1 MB) sets out what future infrastructure is required and how it will be provided. This document will be updated as the Local Plan progresses.
Waste Development Plan Document This will set out policies for dealing with waste and identify sites for waste management facilities. Production of the Waste Document will follow the Local Plan Strategy.
Saved Policies Saved policies from the Congleton Local Plan, Crewe and Nantwich Local Plan, Macclesfield Local Plan, Cheshire Waste Plan and Cheshire Minerals Plan will continue to be used until replaced by policies in the new Local Plan.

Local Plan News

  • The Local Plan Strategy - Submission Version was submitted to the Secretary of State on 20th May 2014 in preparation for independent examination. Further information can be viewed on the Consultation Portal.
  • The Council has approved a revised Local Development Scheme which covers the period 2014-2106.
  • The Council is conducting a Minerals Call for Sites from 21st July to 1st September. For further information please see our Consultation Portal.
  • Research on Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople has been completed with an accommodation assessment and site selection study published. For further information see our Gypsies and Travellers Evidence and Research page.
  • A number of applications to designate 'Neighbourhood Areas' have been received by the Council.  The Neighbourhood Planning page sets out the latest status of each application.

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