Spatial Planning and Planning Policy

The Local Plan sets out planning policies and allocates sites for development. It is the statutory development plan and is the basis for determining planning applications.

Cheshire East Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan for Cheshire East, but until documents in the new plan are adopted, saved policies from the old Local Plans will continue to apply.

Spatial Planning Team is also responsible for Neighbourhood Planning in Cheshire East.

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

Existing Planning Policies

Existing Local Plans

Prior to adoption of documents within the new Local Plan, the current statutory development plan for Cheshire East consists of saved policies from the:

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. Further guidance is available on the Neighbourhood Planning page.

Local Development Orders (LDOs)

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.  Further guidance is available on the Local Development Orders (LDOs) page.

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. 

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