Cheshire East Local Plan

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The Local Plan sets planning policies and allocates sites for development and is used to make decisions on planning applications. The Local Plan addresses issues such as:

  • the number and location of new homes;
  • the amount and location of employment land;
  • protection and improvement of important open areas;
  • provision of new infrastructure; and 
  • improvement of town centres and community facilities in the borough.

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

Key Local Plan documents

Several key Local Plan documents are part of the statutory development plan, which is the basis for deciding planning applications. Those documents that are still in draft will become part of the development plan once adopted.

Key Local Plan documents
DocumentStatusDescription
Local Plan Strategy Adopted 27 July 2017. The  LPS  sets out strategic priorities for the development of the area, along with planning policies and proposals. It is accompanied by an interactive policies map.
Site Allocations and Development Policies document Revised draft published 26 October 2020. The SADPD will provide further detailed planning policies and site allocations to support the LPS .
Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document Draft in preparation. The  MWDPD will set out planning policies for minerals and waste, including identification of sites for these uses.
Crewe Hub Area Action Plan Draft in preparation The Crewe Hub  AAP  will include policies to manage development around a future  HS2  hub station in Crewe.
Saved Policies from previous Local Plans Saved development plan 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 the SADPD and MWDPD have been adopted.

In addition to the Local Plan documents above, completed Neighbourhood Plans are also part of the statutory development plan.

Supporting Local Plan documents

The Local Plan includes a number of other supporting documents. These are not part of the statutory development plan but may be material considerations when making decisions on planning applications.

Information about the Local Plan and supporting documents
ItemDescription
Community Infrastructure Levy The  CIL is a fixed rate charge on the internal floor area of new housing and retail developments in certain areas of the borough.
Supplementary Planning Documents SPDs  give more detailed guidance on the implementation of policies, for example on design, heritage or specific sites/locations.
Authority Monitoring Report The  AMR reports on progress in producing Local Plan documents and implementing planning policies. Data is reported on targets and indicators to help monitor the effectiveness of planning policies.
Local Development Scheme The  LDS sets out the timetable for preparing Local Plan documents.
Statement of Community Involvement The  SCI describes how the council will involve the community and other interested parties when preparing new Local Plan documents and considering 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.
Local Plan Research and Evidence A body of research and evidence has been published to inform the Local Plan including reports on housing, employment, retail, Green Belt, the environment, open spaces, sports needs, minerals, waste and transport.

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