Open spaces assessment

Congleton Park

The National planning policy framework discusses how to create opportunities to bring together members of a community who work, live and play within an area.

Paragraph 73 of the framework states:

‘Access to high quality open spaces and opportunities for sport and recreation can make an important contribution to the health and well-being of communities. Planning policies should be based on robust and up to date assessments of the needs for open space, sports and recreation facilities and opportunities for new provision. The assessments should identify specific needs and quantitative or qualitative deficits or surpluses of open space, sports and recreational facilities in the local area.’

The Cheshire East Open Space Assessment has combined existing data sources from previous surveys and carried out a new comprehensive survey of all the sites within the main 24 settlements listed in the Council's Determining the settlement hierarchy study.  All the sites are contained within a database with corresponding digital mapping.

The Open Spaces Introductory Report explains the structure and content of each open space summary report.  The 11 open space summary reports and associated maps cover the 11 Key Service Centres: Alsager, Congleton, Crewe, Handforth, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach and Wilmslow. In additional there is a report covering the 13 Local service centres.

The summary reports are ‘living documents’ and an addendum will be produced every year with any corrections, new information and new sites. The evidence contained in the summary reports informs the Cheshire East local plan.

Any updates or corrections can be sent to planningpolicy@cheshireeast.gov.uk or by post to Spatial Planning, Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ.

Key service centres open spaces summary reports March 2012

Local service centres document reports March 2012

Archived studies

Information from previous studies is also provided here for information:

Former Macclesfield borough

Former Congleton borough

An Open Space, Sport and Recreation study was undertaken in 2004 and published in February 2005 by PMP. It aims to provide a clear picture of existing and future open space, sport and recreation needs in accordance with the requirements of PPG17. The full study report can be downloaded below:

  1. Introduction (PDF, 46KB)
  2. Undertaking the study (PDF, 37KB) 
  3. Strategic review (PDF, 72KB) 
  4. Consultation findings (PDF, 68KB)
  5. Parks and gardens (PDF, 1.10MB) 
  6. Natural and semi-natural open space (PDF, 1.33MB)
  7. Amenity green space (PDF, 1.87MB)
  8. Provision for children and young people (PDF, 1.37MB)
  9. Outdoor sports facilities (PDF, 454KB)
  10. Allotments and community gardens (PDF, 617KB)
  11. Green corridors (PDF, 127KB)
  12. Planning overview (PDF, 40KB)
  13. Resourcing open space (PDF, 54KB) 
  14. Conclusions (PDF, 50KB)
  15. Executive summary (PDF, 36KB)