Cheshire East Local Plan StrategyCheshire East Local Plan

The Local Plan sets planning policies and allocates sites for development. It is the Statutory Development Plan for Cheshire East and is the basis for deciding planning applications. This page contains information on the new Local Plan for Cheshire East, which is currently being prepared and will guide development up to 2030.

Prior to the adoption of documents in the new Local Plan, the Saved Policies from previous Local Plans will continue to be used.

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

New Local Plan for Cheshire East

Consultation on the further Proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan Strategy commenced on Monday 6 February 2017 and runs until 5:00pm on Monday 20 March 2017. Further information and all documentation is available on the Consultation Portal.

The new Local Plan will cover 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 and provision of new ones; provision of new infrastructure and improvement of town centres and community facilities in the Borough.

The Local Plan Strategy is the first, strategic part of the new Local Plan and was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 20th May 2014. It is currently undergoing an independent examination to determine whether it is sound and legally compliant.

There have been three rounds of examination hearing sessions in 2014, 2015 and 2016, with consultation on the Council's proposed changes to the Submitted Local Plan Strategy in March and April 2016. The Inspector is currently considering all the issues raised through the examination.

For further information on the progress of the examination, please see the Examination Page.

Local Plan documents

The new Local Plan will consist of three key documents:

  1. The Local Plan Strategy;
  2. The Site Allocations and Development Policies document; and
  3. The Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document.

The new Local Plan will be supported by an Adopted Policies Map which will show sites, policies and environmental / heritage designations on an Ordnance Survey map. It will also be accompanied by an Infrastructure Delivery Plan which will set out future infrastructure needs and how these will be provided.

Further information on each part of the new Local Plan and its various supporting documents is shown in the table:

Information about the Local Plan and supporting documents
ItemDescription
Local Plan Strategy 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. The Local Plan Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State on 20th May 2014 and is currently undergoing an independent examination. For further information on the progress of the examination, please see the Examination Page. The Consultation on Local Plan Strategy Main Modifications (Consultation Portal) runs until 5pm on 20 March 2017.
Site Allocations and Development Policies This Development Plan Document will allocate the remaining sites needed for future development and set out further detailed planning policies to be used when considering planning applications. Production of the Site Allocations and Development Policies document will follow the Local Plan Strategy.
Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document This Development Plan Document will set out policies for dealing with minerals and waste, and and identify sites. Production of the Minerals and Waste Document will follow the Local Plan Strategy.
Neighbourhood Plans There are a number of made Neighbourhood Plans in Cheshire East, with many more currently in production. The made plans are part of the Statutory Development Plan.
Supplementary Planning Documents These give more detailed guidance on the implementation of policies, for example, on affordable housing and planning contributions. A number of Supplementary Planning Documents are already adopted.
Saved 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 replaced by policies in the new Local Plan.
Annual 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 2016 - 2018.
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
Infrastructure Delivery Plan The Infrastructure Delivery Plan Update (PDF, 1.2MB) sets out what future infrastructure is required and how it will be provided. This document will be updated as the Local Plan progresses.
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 in developing the new Local Plan. This page reports on the consultations that have been carried out so far (including the Issues Paper, Town Strategies, Development Strategy and Pre-Submission Core Strategy) and those that are coming up soon. You can also register online to receive updates on Local Plan consultations.

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