Spatial planning and planning policy

The Spatial Planning Team is responsible for preparing planning policies, including the Cheshire East Local Plan. We also carry out research and evidence; input into sub-regional, regional and national plans and policies; liaise with adjoining authorities on cross-boundary issues; and support local communities in producing their own neighbourhood plans.

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

Planning policies

Cheshire East Local Plan

The Local Plan sets out a vision and a framework for the future development of the area, addressing needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure – as well as a basis for safeguarding the environment, adapting to climate change and securing good design.

Key documents in the new Local Plan include the Local Plan Strategy (adopted 27 July 2017); the Site Allocations and Development Policies Document (currently in preparation); and the Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document (currently in preparation).

The Local Plan also includes a number of supporting documents including Supplementary Planning Documents, the Authority Monitoring Report, the Statement of Community Involvement and the Local Development Scheme. Other documents are currently being prepared, including the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule.

Further information on all Local Plan documents can be found on the Cheshire East Local Plan page.

Statutory development plan

The statutory development plan is the starting point for making decisions on planning applications. The current statutory development plan for Cheshire East consists of a number of documents:

Once adopted, the Site Allocations and Development Policies Document; and the Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document will also form part of the statutory development plan.

Other material considerations

Planning applications are decided in accordance with the policies in the statutory development plan unless ‘material considerations’ indicate otherwise. Material considerations can include any matter that should be taken into account when deciding a planning application.  They include (but are not limited to):

Research and evidence

We have published much research and evidence on a number of social, environmental and economic issues affecting Cheshire East. This research is used to help develop new planning policies and documents.

Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning is a way for local communities to shape the development of the area in which they live. Once 'made', neighbourhood plans form part of the statutory development plan in determining planning applications.

Local Development Orders

Local Development Orders are a tool used by local authorities to allow the forward grant of planning permission for specific uses within defined areas.  The principal aim of which is to streamline the planning process and to provide greater certainty for landowners and developers alike.

Brownfield Register

Local Planning Authorities are now required to prepare, maintain and publish registers of previously developed (brownfield) land to provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that local authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development. The Cheshire East Brownfield Register is currently being prepared.

Airport planning

Information on Manchester Airport's Sustainable Development Plan and community outreach sessions can be found on our airport planning page.

Planning policy documents index

In addition to planning policy documents adopted by Cheshire East Council, there are a number of planning policy documents from the previous authorities that are still applicable. The planning policy documents index lists these documents and gives details of how to obtain copies.