Cheshire East Local Plan

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The Local Plan sets planning policies and allocates sites for
development. It is part of the statutory development plan for Cheshire East and is the basis for deciding planning applications. The Local Plan covers 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; provision of new infrastructure; and improvement of town centres and community facilities in the borough.

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

Key Local Plan documents

The Local Plan consists of a number of key documents which form part of the statutory development plan:

Key Local Plan documents
DocumentStatusDescription
Local Plan Strategy Adopted 27 July 2017 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. It is accompanied by an interactive policies map, which shows sites, policies and environmental / heritage designations.
Site Allocations and Development Policies document Consultation on the first draft ended October 2018 The SADPD 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 Draft SADPD consultation took place between 11 September and 22 October 2018.
Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document Draft in preparation The  MWDPD will set out policies for dealing with minerals and waste, and and identify sites. Consultation on an Issues Paper took place between 24 April and 05 June 2017, alongside a 'call for sites' for minerals and waste sites.
Saved Policies from previous Local Plans Saved development plan 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 SADPD and MWDPD have been adopted.
Crewe Station Hub Area Action Plan Draft in preparation An Area Action Plan is a type of Development Plan Document providing a planning framework for a specific area of opportunity, change or conservation. Unlike the Council's Local Plan Strategy, the Area Action Plan will have a very narrow geographic focus, being confined to an area close to the existing Crewe Railway Station.

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

Supporting Local Plan documents

The Local Plan also includes a number of other supporting documents. These are not part of the statutory development plan but may be material considerations to be considered when determining planning applications.

Information about the Local Plan and supporting documents
ItemDescription
Community Infrastructure Levy The Community Infrastructure Levy is in preparation and 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. The examination of the Draft Charging Schedule is now in progress.
Supplementary Planning Documents These give more detailed guidance on the implementation of policies, for example, on affordable housing and planning contributions. A number of SPDs are already adopted. A consultation on The Garden Village at Handforth draft SPD took place between 11 September and 22 October 2018.
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 2018 - 2020.
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. We consulted on a revised and updated Statement of Community Involvement between 11 September and 22 October 2018.
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 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 when producing new Local Plan documents. This page reports on the consultations that have been carried out and those that are coming up soon. You can also register online to receive updates on Local Plan consultations.

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