Local Development Framework Arrows LogoLocal Plan Strategy 2010-2030

The Local Plan Strategy is the centrepiece of the new Cheshire East Local Plan. It sets out the overall vision and planning strategy for development in the borough and contains planning policies to ensure that new development addresses the economic, environmental and social needs of the area. It also identifies strategic sites and strategic locations that will accommodate most of the new development needed.

The final, adopted Local Plan Strategy is now available to download (including the corrected Figure 8.1 as detailed in the errata):

Adoption of the Local Plan Strategy

The Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy was adopted at a council meeting on 27 July 2017 and it now forms part of the statutory development plan. In addition to the Local Plan Strategy, the following documents have been published:

The Local Plan Strategy, adoption statement, sustainability appraisal adoption statement and the inspector’s report are all available for inspection at the following locations:

  • Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ between 09.00 and 17.00 Monday-Friday;
  • Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield SK10 1EA between 08.45 and 17.00 Monday-Friday; and
  • Delamere House, Delamere Street, Crewe CW1 2JZ between 08.45 and 17.00 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and between 08.45 and 16.00 on Tuesday.

In addition, the Local Plan Strategy and adoption statement only are available for inspection in Cheshire East libraries during normal opening hours.

Further information

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

Following the adoption of the Local Plan Strategy, we are preparing a new policies map, which will show sites, policies and environmental / heritage designations on an Ordnance Survey map. In the meantime, the Proposed Main Modifications Stage Policies Map (PDF, 10.4 MB) is provided for information to indicate how the existing policies maps of each of the relevant previous Local Plans have changed as a result of the adoption of the Local Plan Strategy.

In addition to the Local Plan Strategy policies, a number of 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 the Site Allocations and Development Policies document and the Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document have been adopted.

The planning policy documents index page lists all those documents making up the statutory development plan.

Due to changes to the LPS through the preparation and examination process, all numbered content (e.g. sites, paragraphs, figures) has been re-numbered to run in sequence in the final document. The cross-references table (PDF, 553 KB) shows the changes to the numbering sequence between the draft and final plans.


Figure 8.1

The LPS was adopted on 27 July 2017. In October 2017, the council noticed a drafting error in Figure 8.1 which shows an area of land (previously shown in the draft plan as the Cheshire Gateway site) coloured white, when it should have been coloured green. The draft plan has previously proposed to remove the site from the Green Belt and designate it as safeguarded land. However, as a result of the examination process that led to the LPS being found to be sound and being adopted by the council, the site was removed from the list of safeguarded sites and was therefore not meant to be removed from the Green Belt (see Main Modifications MM05, MM06 and MM85). Therefore the site remains Green Belt land.

HS2 Phase 2 Safeguarding Zones

At the date of adoption of the LPS , part of site LPS 3 (Basford West, Crewe) was subject to the 'Safeguarding Directions Fradley to Crewe' given by the Secretary of State for Transport. These are shown as 'HS2 Phase 2a Safeguarding Zone' in Figures 15.1 and 15.4 in the LPS . Revised Safeguarding Directions have now been issued, which came into force on 27 September 2017 and land within site LPS 3 has been removed from the safeguarding zone. As this revised Safeguarding Direction was issued after the adoption of the LPS , the maps in the plan will not be updated but an up to date map of the safeguarding zone can be viewed on the government's HS2 Phase 2a safeguarding maps: West Midlands to Crewe page.

Contact us

Local Plan matters only

01270 685893

All other planning enquiries (including planning application queries)

0300 123 5014

Rate this page

We value your feedback. How do you rate this information?