Planning Consultants for the Cheshire East Council area
We provide a comprehensive range of planning services for the Cheshire East Council area.
Ashall Town Planning are North West based and are ideally positioned to provide a bespoke and professional planning service in the Cheshire East Council area to assist householders and developers to successfully obtain Planning Permission.
If you are seeking professional independent Planning or Property Development Advice, require Planning Drawings or advice on a Planning Permission Application to Cheshire East Council, as Chartered Town Planning Consultants we are the ideal people to guide you through the planning process and to help you obtain the planning permission you need.
Having been established for 25 years we have a vast experience of deali ng with Planning Officers from Cheshire East Council, and its former incarnations of Knutsford, Macclesfield, Congleton, and Crewe & Nantwich. By appointing us as your consultants, acting as your agent with Cheshire East Council you will benefit from our many years of experience giving your application the greatest chance of success.
We offer the following services:
Access to Chartered Architect services
Permitted Development Applications (Lawful Certificate)
Planning Permission Applications for House Extensions & Loft Conversions
Retrospective Planning Applications
Planning Permission Applications for Change of Use Class
Planning for Commercial Properties
Planning Permission Applications for Converting a House to Flats
House in Multiple Occupation Applications
Planning Permission Applications for New Build Developments
Planning for Childrens Day Nurseries
Planning for Pubs & Restaurants
Planning for Motor Trade & Car Washes
Planning for Takeaways
Listed Building Consent Applications
Conservation Area Applications
Ashall Town Planning Consultants cover all areas in Cheshire East, including Alderley Edge, Alsager, Congleton, Crewe, Handforth, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach and Wilmslow.
Cheshire East Local Plan
An Overview of Cheshire East in relation to planning and development.
Cheshire East is characterised by its distinctive historic towns each with their own history, character and charm.
The towns lie at the heart of the Borough, and their vitality and growth is essential for the future prosperity of Cheshire East.
They serve as Key Service Centres for a wider locality with a good range of facilities including shops, schools and cultural and leisure facilities.
The Key Service Centres of Alsager, Congleton, Handforth, Knutsford, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach and Wilmslow provide a range of services and opportunities for employment, retail and education.
They serve a wide catchment area and contain public transport links. The Key Service Centres offer opportunities for sustainable economic growth.
The Council is currently developing a new Local Plan which will be the Development Plan for Cheshire East and form the basis of planning decisions until 2030.
This Development Strategy is based on providing jobs growth and ensuring that the character of
Cheshire East is retained. This has been developed around six key points:
1. Jobs Growth -
2. Infrastructure Improvements -
I. Dualling the A500 to the west of Junction 16 of the M6;
II. Improving access at Junction 17 of the M6;
III. Providing a link road around Congleton;
IV. Improving connections at Macclesfield via a South and West Relief Road;
VI. SEMMS (Manchester Airport -
3. Establish a 'Town Centre First' policy -
4. To develop three new settlements -
protect the individuality of towns and villages by the introduction of 'Strategic Open Gaps' across
5. To establish a Housing Growth Policy -
ensure we meet our five year housing supply target of 7,000 new homes.
6. To make the best use of our natural resources -
generations can take full benefits that will accrue.
The Council are preparing Town Strategies which set out a vision for each town together with potential development opportunities and priorities for investment in infrastructure. These towns are: Alsager, Congleton, Crewe, Handforth, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach and Wilmslow.
The draft Town Strategies for Alsager, Congleton, Middlewich and Sandbach were prepared first, as part of a Neighbourhood Planning 'Frontrunner' project, with funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Town Strategies were prepared in partnership with each respective Town Council and representatives of local community partnership groups who formed a stakeholder panel for the town.
The strategies for Alsager, Middlewich, Congleton, Sandbach and Wilmslow have been finalised following consultation and approval by their respective Town Councils. A similar tailored approach was then used in the preparation of each of the other Town Strategy documents. The Town Strategies for the remaining towns have been subject to consultation but have not yet been finalised.
Homes and Housing Development
The Strategic Housing Market Assessment confirms that Cheshire East is a high demand area, and that there is a need to maintain the delivery of a variety of dwelling types and sizes to reflect the range of demand for open market dwellings.
The Assessment indicates an annual shortfall of 2,753 open market dwellings after
considering market demand from existing households and newly forming households from
within Cheshire East and in-
Just under 2,000 sites were considered as part of the Strategic Housing Land Availability
Assessment (Update 31st March 2011). Of these approximately 1,400 sites are considered suitable
for housing during the next 15 years. These suitable sites could potentially provide a total of 31,880
dwellings over the next 15 years, of which about 7,000 homes would be on brownfield sites with a
further 3,700 on sites that are a mix of brownfield and greenfield.
The Council commissioned a range of population forecasts based on the Office for National
Statistics (ONS) indicative estimates for 2010. This involved a mixture of population led, dwelling
led and economic led forecasts. For comparison purposes consideration was also given
to the outputs of the 2008 and 2010 based sub-
change) to a wider view based on providing for continued economic prosperity in the area taking
account of underlying demographic trends (i.e. 2010 based sub-
The lowest growth scenario was based on natural change (births minus deaths) which estimated
that the population would grow by around 2,500 people between 2010 and 2030. This would require
a need for an additional 495 dwellings per annum over the Plan period but would also result in a
reduction of 11,900 people in the Borough’s labour supply during the same period, with adverse
consequences for the strength of the local economy. At the other end of the range of forecasts, the
2010 based sub-
people, requiring a need for an additional 1,600 dwellings per annum which would increase the labour supply by 12,100 people by 2030.
CHESHIRE EAST LOCAL PLAN Shaping Our Future: Development Strategy 13
Planning for Growth
The modelling estimated that the preferred option of providing for 27,000 homes between 2010 and 2030 or an average of 1,350 dwellings per annum would accommodate a population increase of 33,600 people and an increase in the labour supply of 2,900 people over the Plan period. These population projections and forecasts represent only one of the elements used to determine the housing requirement figure shown in this policy.