Open spaces assessment

Congleton Park

The National Planning Policy Framework February 2019 discusses how to create opportunities to bring together members of a community who work, live and play within an area.

Paragraph 96 of the framework states:

'Access to a network of high quality open spaces and opportunities for sport and physical activity is important for the health and well-being of communities. Planning policies should be based on robust and up-to-date assessments of the need for open space, sport and recreation facilities (including quantitative or qualitative deficits or surpluses) and opportunities for new provision. Information gained from the assessments should be used to determine what open space, sport and recreational provision is needed, which plans should then seek to accommodate'.

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 or by post to Cheshire East Council, Strategic Planning (Westfields), C/O Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ.

Key service centres open spaces summary reports March 2012

Local service centres document reports March 2012