Cheshire East submits local plan for independent examination

Cheshire East Borough Council has submitted the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for independent examination.

The Local Plan Strategy sets out the Council's case for sustainable economic growth and is the strategy that the Council wants to adopt to manage development in Cheshire East up to 2030.

Following publication of the 'Local Plan Strategy - Submission Version' and accompanying documents, representations were invited for six weeks from 14th March 2014 to 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, in preparation for independent examination.

The Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy will now be subject to an independent examination to be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. Inspector Stephen Pratt has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan Strategy is sound. The Programme Officer for the examination is Miss Kerry Trueman.

The examination is a continuous process running from submission through to the receipt of the Inspector's report. Part of the process will involve hearing sessions where those invited to attend, will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the Inspector.

Once information on the hearing sessions is confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised and made available online.

The submitted documents include: Local Plan Strategy Submission Version; Local Plan Strategy Policies Map; Local Plan Strategy Submission Sustainability (Integrated) Appraisal; Local Plan Strategy Habitats Regulations Assessment (Final Report & Summary Report); Local Plan Strategy Submission Statement of Consultation (Regulation 22); Representations on Local Plan Strategy, Policies Map and Habitats Regulations Assessment by consultation point; Infrastructure Delivery Plan; Duty to Co- operate Statement of Compliance ; Duty to Co-operate Statement of Compliance Annex – record of engagement; Submission Sites Justification Paper; Non-Preferred Sites Justification Paper; Housing Background Paper; Employment Background Paper; Population Projections and Forecasts Background Paper; Local Plan Strategy overview; Statement of Community Involvement; Local Development Scheme 2014 – 2016; Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (Revised).

Copies of the above documents and all of the representations made on the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy Submission Version; the Policies Map; the Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitats Regulation Assessment can be viewed on the Cheshire East website or inspected at Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).

For further information regarding the Local Plan Strategy contact the Spatial Planning Team by emailing or by telephoning 01270 685893.

Cheshire East Council, Local Plan


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Friday 6th June 2014 at 9:48 am
This is the reason that Cheshire East accepted the Adlington Road application. Jones Homes could have applied for blocks of high rise flats and they would still have accepted it. They are desperate to prove that they have a 5 year housing supply and to get the go ahead for the Handforth Village Scheme which they cannot do before using this site.
Mark Goldsmith
Friday 6th June 2014 at 11:01 am
What a massive amount of pointless paperwork given CEC and their planning department will just do what they want anyway.

This is just jobs for the boys. It overloads us with huge detail that hides their true intent in tons of detail.

We might as well scrap 90% of it and save some taxpayers money because the end result will still be the same:

- The council will sell the land and make money
- Jones Homes will sell the houses and make money
- The taxpayers of Wilmslow will all lose out