Cheshire East Local Plan
The Local Plan is the Statutory Development Plan for Cheshire
East and is the basis for determining planning applications. It
sets the overall planning strategy, allocates sites for development
and contains planning policies to ensure that new development
contributes to the economic, environmental and social needs of the
The Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan for Cheshire
East to 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.
Current Consultation - Pre-Submission Core Strategy
The Core Strategy will be the first
part of the new Local Plan to be in place and will set out the
overall vision and strategy for planning in the Borough. It will
also allocate strategic sites and locations for development.
Cheshire East Council has produced its 'Pre-Submission Core
Strategy' and accompanying documents, for consultation between 5th
November and 16th December 2013. It sets out the Council's
case for sustainable economic growth and represents the strategy
the Council wants to adopt to manage development in Cheshire East
up to 2030. This will be the final consultation before we
submit the Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for an
independent examination in public.
You can view the documents and submit your comments on the
Pre-Submission Core Strategy on the Council's consultation
portal as well as accompanying
documents: Sustainability Appraisal; Habitats Regulations
Assessment and the 'Non-Preferred Sites Document' (which sets out
all the sites previously considered for inclusion in the Core
Strategy, but are now not proposed for allocation in the Core
Please make sure that you submit your comments by 16th
December 2013. Further information on the Cheshire East
Local Plan is available below.
New Local Plan for Cheshire East
The new Local Plan is currently in preparation. It will
cover a range of matters including how much employment land is
needed and where it should be provided; protecting and improving
important open areas and providing new ones; how many new homes
will be required and where they should be located; providing new
transport infrastructure including roads, cycle routes and
footpaths; and how town centres and community facilities in the
Borough could be improved.
The new Local Plan will consist of three key documents:
- The Core 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;
- 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:
||The Core Strategy is the centrepiece of the Local Plan, setting
out strategic priorities for the development of the area along with
planning policies and proposals. Production of the Core Strategy is
well underway and a final consultation on the draft Core Strategy
will commence soon before it is submitted to the Secretary of State
|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 Core 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 and
Development Strategy) and those that are coming up soon. You can
also register online to receive updates on Local Plan
|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
|Local Development Scheme
||Sets out the timetable for the preparation of Local Plan
documents. The current scheme covers the period 2012 - 2014.
The scheme will be reviewed in the near future.
|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
|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, 964KB) 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 Core Strategy.
Other Local Plan News and Consultations
- The Council has appointed Peter Brett Associates to carry out a
Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpersons Site
Selection Study. The first stage is to obtain views on the
methodology and carry out a 'call for sites' process. For further
information see our Gypsies and
- The North West Regional Spatial Strategy and
remaining Cheshire Structure Plan policies were revoked on
20th May by The
Regional Strategy for the North West (Revocation) Order 2013.
These are no longer part of the Statutory Development Plan.
- 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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