All local planning authorities must prepare and submit a Local Plan to the Government Planning Inspectorate for examination and eventual adoption. It is this plan that sets out the planning policies and describes the areas within the planning authorities’ control that will be subject to housing and other development. If you would like to see further detail on this subject, including a list of authorities and their Local Plan Status, click on the following link Government Panning Portal.
Until recently Cheshire East Council did not have Local Plan. The absence of such a plan has been exploited by developers so that they are able to indiscriminately gain planning permission for areas of the Cheshire East countryside without consideration for the local communities’ feelings. Although Cheshire East may refuse planning permission developers can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and this frequently results in the appeal being upheld because there is no Local Plan in place.
On Friday 21stDecember Cheshire East Council made available two documents forming part of the Local Plan, namely the Development Strategy and the Policy Principles. Then on 15th January a full set of Local Plan documentation was released and the first Public Consultation phase ran from 15th January through to 26th February.