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.

Prior to the adoption of documents in the new Local Plan, the 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.

Consultation Update

Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document

Consultation is underway on the Issues Paper for the Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document between Monday 24 April and 5:00pm on Monday 05 June 2017. We are also inviting landowners, developers, operators and other interested parties to submit sites and areas suitable for minerals or waste purposes during the consultation. Further information is available on the Council's consultation portal:

Playing Pitch and Indoor Built Facility Strategies

The Council is seeking feedback on these two draft strategies which are informed by evidence-based data and will support the policies in the Local Plan. The consultation runs from Tuesday 18 April 2017 until Tuesday 30 May 2017. Further information is available on the Council's Consultation Page.

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.

The Local Plan Strategy is the first, strategic part of the new Local Plan and was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 20th May 2014. It is currently undergoing an independent examination to determine whether it is sound and legally compliant. For further information on the progress of the examination, please see the Examination Page. Work is also underway on the Site Allocations and Development Policies Document, the Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document and a number of other supporting planning policy documents.

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 and is currently undergoing an independent examination.
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 Feb 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 Feb 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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