Local Plan - Part Two

​Land Allocations and Detailed Policies

The Local Plan (Part Two) Land Allocations and Detailed Policies will set out further allocations and detailed policies, following on from the strategic framework set out in the Local Plan (Part One) Strategic Policies.

Local Plan (Part Two) Publication Plan

Following last year’s preferred approach consultation, the Council’s  Local Plan Working Group has discussed consultation responses and proposed policy amendments at meetings through 2017.

The remaining policies and consultation responses were discussed at the Local Plan Working Group meeting on 18 September 2017, where Members agreed to recommend to Cabinet that the Local Plan (Part Two) Land Allocations and Detailed Policies Publication Plan and supporting evidence base is approved for pre-submission consultation.

Preferred Approach consultation 12 August - 23 September 2016

We consulted on the preferred approach for the Local Plan (Part Two) Land Allocations and Detailed Policies between 12 August and 23 September 2016. We asked for your views on the draft policies and site allocations. To read the draft document and see all comments, please see our consultation portal.

The proposed consultation was considered by the Local Plan Working Group at their meeting on 27 June 2016 and then by Cabinet on 20 July 2016.

Local Plan (Part Two) evidence base

Documents produced as evidence for the Local Plan (Part Two) are available to view on our Local Plan portal.

Local Service Centre methodology

As part of the preparation of the Local Plan (Part Two), a ‘Local Service Centre Background Paper’ was produced. This set out a draft methodology for identifying local service centres and we asked for your comments on the document between 9 March and 24 April 2015.

The Local Plan Working Group considered a report explaining the responses received and proposed changes to the methodology at their meeting on 29 February 2016. Members agreed to use option 3a of the revised Local Service Centres methodology.

Sustainability appraisal scoping report update - December 2015

An updated scoping report has been prepared in relation to the Local Plan (Part Two) Land Allocations and Detailed Policies. This document was sent to the statutory consultees (specific environmental bodies) on 2 October 2015. The consultation period ended on 6 November and three responses were received.

The scoping report has been amended to take account of the comments received and can be read or downloaded from our portal.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening determination

An updated SEA screening opinion was included as Appendix C within the Sustainability appraisal scoping report sent to statutory consultees (specific environmental bodies) on 2 October 2015. No comments were made on the updated SEA screening opinion that required any amendments or disagreed with the conclusion that the Local Plan (Part Two) is likely to have significant environmental effects and accordingly will require a Strategic Environmental Assessment.

The final screening determination was made on 10 December 2015 and has been sent to the statutory consultees.

A paper copy of the screening determination can be viewed at The Forum Office, Chester between 8.30am and 5pm Monday - Friday or can be requested by emailing spatialplanning@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Self and Custom Build Register

Cheshire West and Chester Council are assessing demand for self and custom building using a questionnaire. This demand will be reflected in the Strategic Housing Delivery Plan which will be used as evidence to inform the Local Plan (Part Two) policies.

Please see the Self and Custom Build page for more information and complete the questionnaire if you are considering self building.

Issues consultation and additional call for sites

Between 1 May and 19 June 2014, we asked for your views on what policies should or should not be included in the Local Plan (Part Two), including the potential to use Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD). There was also a further opportunity to submit any sites not already suggested during previous consultations.

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