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Local Plan

Local plan update

The Secretary of State for Levelling up, Housing & Communities wrote to Local Authorities on 8 September 2023 setting out that no local plans prepared under the current system of plan making can be submitted after 30 June 2025.

This would give very limited time to prepare a comprehensive new local plan under the old system without already being at an advanced stage.

At a meeting of Cabinet on 10 January 2024, the Council formally decided to prepare a new style Local Plan under the provisions of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act 2023.

Provisions in the Act relating to the new local plan system have yet to commence and will need to be accompanied by regulations and new guidance as well as the publication of National Development Management Policies, therefore the timetable below is provisional.

Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan provisional timetable



Geographical Coverage

Borough wide


In line with legislation (15C Levelling Up and Regeneration Act ) the Local Plan will set out the amount, type and location of, and timetable for, development.

The Local Plan will also include other policies in relation to the use or development of land including infrastructure requirements.


34 months from being able to commence plan production.

Joint Plan


Minerals and Waste

To be included in the borough wide Local Plan

Design Code

To be determined

Supplementary Plans

To be determined

Until changes at a national level have been implemented and a new Local Plan is completed the existing Local Plans will continue to operate.


Supplementary Planning documents

Monitoring reports

Every year we produce monitoring reports which monitor the Council's housing land supply; the Local Plan documents and policies and minerals and waste technical information.

Documents and comments

You can read, download and make comments on consultation documents through our online consultation portal: