Cheshire East Local Plan: Shaping Our Future
Consultation on the Development Strategy and Policy Principles
Cheshire East Council is preparing its new Local Plan which will
guide the future planning and development of the area.
Between 15th January and 26th February
2013 we are consulted on two main documents (Overall Development
Strategy for Cheshire East and Emerging Policy Principles) and
two supporting documents (Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats
The Development Strategy sets out the proposed overall number of
new homes and employment land that will be needed; it suggests
levels of development for the main towns and identifies
proposed strategic development sites. The Policy Principles
document sets out proposed policy principles to make sure that new
development helps deliver objectives for enterprise and growth,
stronger communities, better connectivity and a sustainable
environment. Due to the importance of the issues tackled and
the size and complexity of Cheshire East, the documents
are fairly lengthy but a summary of the Development
Strategy is also available to download below.
The Development Strategy and Policy Principles
documents are not the final version of the Local Plan but the
results of the consultation will be instrumental in drafting the
final submission draft of the Local Plan.
The sustainability appraisal is required under Government
guidance and legislation and its purpose is to identify how the
Development Strategy and Policy Principles will contribute towards
meeting environmental, social and economic objectives in the
Borough. The Habitats Regulations Assessment seeks to
identify the potential of strategies and policies to impact upon
Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation and Ramsar
Consultation Responses and Next Steps
Consultation on these documents has now ended and
all responses are being considered. A full report of
consultation will be produced but in the meantime you can view the
responses made on each of the documents by following the links
All comments will now be considered together with other
research and evidence prior to
drafting the first part of the final Local Plan. This will be
the submission draft Core Strategy of the Local Plan; we aim to
publish this for consultation during the summer of 2013, which will
be followed by an independent public examination by a
Although consultation has now ended, copies of
the documents are still available to download for reference.
Copies of documents are also available to view in
all Cheshire East libraries, Delamere House in Crewe, the
Town Hall in Macclesfield and Westfields in Sandbach.
Social Media and Publicity
We have compiled a selection of news articles about the consultation and
Cheshire East Local Plan in general. We also have a short film about the
Local Plan and consultation.
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