Local Plan Consultations

This page gives details of all consultations that have taken place on the new Local Plan and all those that are currently scheduled. The consultations are listed in reverse chronological order. Community engagement is very important in developing the new Local Plan. Responses received during each previous consultation stage have been considered and have helped to influence the production of the Local Plan. Consultations on Neighbourhood Plans are shown separately on the Neighbourhood Planning page.

Current Consultations

Having considered the issues raised through the Local Plan Strategy examination process, the Inspector issued his views on further modifications needed on 13 December 2016. Representations are now invited on "Proposed Main Modifications to the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy" by 5:00pm on Monday 20 March 2017. Further information is available on the Council's consultation portal:

Work is also in progress on a number of new planning policy documents to set out planning policies in the Borough:

Further information on each of these consultations is available in our Consultation Guidance Note (PDF, 140 KB).

Future Consultations

We are currently working on the Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document: Issues Paper. There will be public consutlation on the issues paper and a call for minerals and waste sites starting late Spring 2017.

Previous Consultations

Local Plan Strategy - Proposed Changes Version

Following the consultation in 2014, the Local Plan Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 20th May 2014.

The examination of the Local Plan Strategy is currently in progress and following two rounds of examination hearing sessions in 2014 and 2015, the Council consulted on its proposed changes to the Local Plan Strategy in March and April 2016.

For further information and to view all responses, please see the Local Plan Consultation Portal.

Minerals Call for Sites (July - September 2014)

As part of preparation for the Local Plan ‘Site Allocations and Development Policies Document', the Council conducted a ‘call for sites’ seeking details of potential mineral sites and areas from interested parties. In addition, comment was sought on the proposed methodology by which sites will be assessed.

The call for sites was targeted at those groups / individuals with interests in potential land allocation for mineral development as well as those who may wish to comment on the assessment methodology.

Local Plan Strategy Document (March / April 2014)

Following publication of the 'Local Plan Strategy - Submission Version' and accompanying documents, representations were invited for for six weeks from 14th March 2014 to 5:00pm on 25th April 2014.

The Local Plan Strategy and all associated documents, including the comments received during the representation period, were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 20th May 2014 in preparation for independent examination.

Further information can be viewed on the Consultation Portal.

Pre-Submission Core Strategy (November / December 2013)

Cheshire East Council produced its 'Pre-Submission Core Strategy' and accompanying documents, for consultation between 5th November and 16th December 2013. This document set out the Council's case for sustainable economic growth and was a draft version of the Strategy that the Council wants to adopt to manage development in Cheshire East up to 2030. All consultation responses have been logged and considered. A revised document (renamed the Local Plan Strategy) has been produced following consideration of the responses received.

The reports of consultation will be posted here but in the meantime, they can be viewed as Appendices B-H of item 5 of the Agenda for the Full Council Meeting on 28th February. All of the consultation documents and responses received can be viewed online on the Pre-Submission Core Strategy Page of the Consultation Portal.

Possible Additional Sites Consultation (May 2013)

Responses to the Local Plan consultation in January and February 2013 revealed a number of additional possible strategic sites that developers and landowners consider suitable for inclusion in the Local Plan. This was in addition to other strategic sites that had been brought to the attention of the Council as the plan-making process progressed. The purpose of this consultation was to give members of the public and other interested parties a chance to have their say about these new sites prior to the Council making a decision on whether any of them should be included within the Local Plan. These sites had either not previously featured in Local Plan consultations or had changed significantly since previous consultations.

Consultation on the possible additional sites ended on 30th May 2013. All responses can be viewed on the Possible Additional Sites Page of the Consultation Portal. In addition, a Summary of Comments and the Council's Responses (PDF, 981KB) has been produced and details of the consultation methodology can be found in Annex 2 of the Report to Strategic Planning Board on 26th September 2013. The Possible Additional Sites Consultation Document (PDF, 5.7MB) is also still available for information.

Development Strategy and Policy Principles (January / February 2013)

The Development Strategy and Policy Principles consultation presented the Council's preferred policy and site options and its non-favoured alternatives. It took place between 15th January and 26th February 2013. Further information and the outcomes of this consultation are available on the Development Strategy and Policy Principles page.

Town Strategy Phase 3 Consultations (September 2012)

Following on from the Place Shaping Consultation in 2011, Advisory Panels were formed in Crewe, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Knutsford, Poynton, and Handforth. Their members were drawn from the Town Councils (where applicable), community partnerships, local businesses and community groups and they produced draft Town Strategies for each of these towns. Consultation took place between 31st August and 1st October 2012. All comments have now been considered and reports of consultation are available.

Wilmslow Vision Consultation (Town Strategy Phase 2 Consultation) (April / May 2012)

Consultation on the draft Wilmslow Vision ran from 1st April 2012 until 31st May 2012. Wilmslow Town Council has considered all comments received and re-written the document accordingly as the Wilmslow Town Strategy.

Revised Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (March / April 2012)

An updated Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report has been produced to update the Scoping Report produced in 2009. This updated Scoping Report takes account of changes that have occurred to the planning system since 2009 and to ensure that the social, environmental and economic issues identified are up to date, and will be considered when assessing policy documents. Consultation took place between 2nd March and 10th April 2012. Following a review of comments made, the revised document and report of consultation are now available.

Town Strategy Phase 1 Consultations (March 2012)

Following on from the Place Shaping Consultation in 2011, Advisory Panels were formed in Alsager, Congleton, Middlewich and Sandbach. Their members were drawn from the Town Councils, community partnerships, local businesses and community groups and they produced draft Town Strategies for each of these towns. Consultation took place between 2nd March and 2nd April 2012. All comments have been considered and revised Town Strategies approved by each respective Town Council.

Minerals Issues Discussion Paper (March 2012)

The Minerals Issues Discussion Paper follows on from the Core Strategy Issues and Options consultation and Rural Issues Consultation which identified the importance of mineral extraction in the Borough. Consultation on the paper took place between 2nd March and 2nd April 2012 and gave the opportunity for those with an interest in minerals planning in Cheshire East to offer their views on how the Local Plan should approach key strategic minerals planning issues. There was also an opportunity to provide additional information on possible sites and areas for future mineral working and safeguarding. Following a review of comments made, a report of consultation is now available.

Rural Issues Consultation (October / November 2011)

The survey accompanying the Cheshire East Rural Issues Summary Document (PDF, 1.2MB) has now ended. We have produced a Summary Report of Rural Issues Consultation (PDF, 289KB).

Place Shaping Consultation (Summer / Autumn 2011)

The second major stage of the consultation on the Local Plan was the Place Shaping Consultation which took place between July and September 2011. During this time, we worked with local communities, businesses and stakeholders to understand the challenges facing each town or village.

Further details and a full report of consultation is available on the Place Shaping Consultation page.

Core Strategy Issues and Options Paper (November / December 2010)

The Issues and Options Paper looks at the overall strategy for the future of Cheshire East, and asks some fundamental questions about what we want Cheshire East to be like in 2030, how much growth we should plan for and where new development should be located.

Consultation on the Issues and Options Report took place between 8th November and 20th December 2010. The consultation documents and full report of consultation are available on the Core Strategy Issues and Options Consultation page.