Strategic planning update

This page provides regular updates on planning policy matters affecting Cheshire East, including:

  • progress on the council's Local Plan
  • other research, guidance and projects carried out by the council's Strategic Planning Team, and
  • neighbourhood planning activity taking place across the borough.

September 2019 bulletin - edition 16

Keeping you informed about planning policy matters in the borough. 

Following a recent restructure of the council’s Place Directorate, the Spatial Planning team is now called the Strategic Planning team and is part of the Environment and Neighbourhood Services Department.

Consultation on the Publication Draft  SADPD is underway until 5pm on Monday 30 September 2019. 

You can find out more about the SADPD consultation and how to respond

Through that link you will also be able to see the range of reports and studies that support the Plan and justify its policies and proposals.

The SADPD is the second part of the Council’s Local Plan and contains more detailed development management policies as well as a number of additional site allocations to ensure that the overall development needs of the Borough are met. Allocations are proposed at Crewe, Macclesfield, Congleton, Middlewich, Poynton, Alderley Edge, Audlem, Bollington, Chelford, Disley, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley and Prestbury. The Plan also identifies a number of proposed sites to meet the identified accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople.

When adopted, potentially by the end of next year, the SADPD will fully replace the Crewe and Nantwich, Congleton and Macclesfield Borough Local Plans.

This latest draft of the Plan follows two previous rounds of public consultation, in 2017 about the scope of the Plan and in 2018 on a First Draft of the Plan. All of the feedback received at those stages has been carefully considered in preparing the latest draft.

A further round of public consultation has just been completed on the Crewe Hub Area Action Plan. An updated version of the draft Development Strategy which contains more detailed policies and proposals was published for feedback between 22 July and 3 September. This version follows consultation on an initial draft of the Development Strategy in January this year and on the scope of the Plan in November 2018.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us their views about the latest draft, met with us and has attended our exhibitions and workshops. This important feedback is now being carefully considered and will help shape the final draft of the Plan expected to be published later this year for a further round of 6 weeks public consultation. The Plan is then expected to be submitted for public examination before an independent Planning Inspector.

You can find out more and read the Development Strategy here.

Much of the hard work undertaken by many of our communities on their neighbourhood plans is now coming to fruition with a raft of plans being finalised, and submitted for examination. Referendums will shortly be held on the Wilmslow, Chelford and Poynton neighbourhood plans; Acton, Alsager and Church Minshull plans are under examination; Newhall and Wybunbury Combined Parishes plans (the latter being one of the largest single plans in the country) have been submitted and are under consultation; and Over Peover, Shavington and Alderley Edge are consulting on draft plans.

Alongside this host of activity, some of our communities that produced our first neighbourhood plans are revisiting them and considering how and what they should be updating. Government funding and support is available for this important work and should you wish to find out more, contact our neighbourhood planning team for advice.

To keep an eye on progress around the borough, news of new resources and national policy, visit our Neighbourhood Planning page.


For further information on any of the items in this bulletin, contact the Strategic Planning Team by email at or by telephone on 01270 685893.