Cheshire East Local Plan StrategyCheshire East Local Plan

The Local Plan sets planning policies and allocates sites for development. It is the Statutory Development Plan for Cheshire East and is the basis for deciding 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.

In addition to policies in the new Local Plan, a number of Saved Policies from previous Local Plans will continue to be used.

Our Spatial Planning Update provides a regular bulletin on planning policy matters affecting Cheshire East.

New Local Plan for Cheshire East

The new Local Plan will cover a range of matters including the number and location of new homes; the amount and location of 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.

Adoption of the Local Plan Strategy

A report on the adoption of the new Local Plan Strategy was considered at meetings of the Strategic Planning Board (24 July), Cabinet (26 July) and Council (27 July). The Local Plan Strategy was adopted at the council meeting on 27 July 2017. The Local Plan Strategy and all supporting documents, including a formal adoption statement will be posted here soon but in the meantime, the adopted Local Plan Strategy can be viewed as Appendix 3 of agenda item 8 of the council meeting.

Inspector's Final Report on the Examination of the Local Plan Strategy

The Council has now received the Inspector's Report on the Examination of the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy Development Plan Document, dated 20 June 2017. The Inspector is the person appointed to carry out the independent examination under Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act and this report contains his recommendations and the reasons for those recommendations.The following documents have now been published:

Although the examination has now ended, all documents in the examination library are still available for reference.

Consultation Draft Royal London Development Framework

A draft ‘Development Framework’ for the Royal London site in Wilmslow has been prepared to guide future proposals at the site. The principal of development has been set through the Council’s new Local Plan Strategy, and this ‘Development Framework’ seeks to give further detailed guidance.

Consultation runs from Friday 23 June to Friday 4 August 2017. Further information is available on our Royal London Development Framework consultation page.

Local Plan documents

The new Local Plan consists of three key documents:

  1. The Local Plan Strategy;
  2. The Site Allocations and Development Policies document; and
  3. The Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document.

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 is also 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:

Information about the Local Plan and supporting documents
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; the examination has now ended and the Council will consider a report on the adoption of the Local Plan Strategy in the very near future.
Site Allocations and Development Policies This Development Plan Document will allocate the remaining sites needed for future development and set out further detailed planning policies to be used when considering planning applications. The first stage of consultation on the Issues Paper took place between 27 February and 10 April 2017.
Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document This Development Plan Document will set out policies for dealing with minerals and waste, and and identify sites. Consultation on an Issues Paper will take place between 24 April and 05 June 2017, alongside a 'call for sites' for minerals and waste sites.
Community Infrastructure Levy The Community Infrastructure Levy will be charged as a fixed rate per square metre of new floorspace to help fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. Consultation on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule took place between 27 February and 10 April 2017.
Neighbourhood Plans There are a number of made Neighbourhood Plans in Cheshire East, with many more currently in production. The made plans are part of the Statutory Development Plan.
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.
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.
Authority 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.
Local Development Scheme Sets out the timetable for the preparation of Local Plan documents. The current scheme covers the period 2016 - 2018.
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
Infrastructure Delivery Plan The Infrastructure Delivery Plan Update (PDF, 1.2MB) sets out what future infrastructure is required and how it will be provided. This document will be updated as the Local Plan progresses.
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.
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.

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