Cheshire 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
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.
Local Plan Strategy Examination
Cheshire East Council submitted its Local Plan Strategy to the
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 20th May
2014 and it is currently undergoing an independent examination.
Further information, including the latest news, the examination
library and all the hearing statements is available on the
Local Plan Examination pages on our
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
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:
- 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
- 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.
- The Waste Development Plan Document, which will set out
policies for dealing with waste and identify sites for waste
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:
|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
|Site Allocations and Development
||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.
||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
||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
||Sets out the timetable for the preparation of Local Plan
documents. The current scheme covers the period 2014 - 2016.
|Statement of Community
||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
||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 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 Council has approved a revised Local
Development Scheme which covers the period
- The Council is conducting a Minerals Call for
Sites from 21st July to 1st September. For further
information please see our Consultation
- 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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