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Handforth and the Local Plan

Handforth has a population of approximately 9,000 and is situated in the Borough of  Cheshire East. Handforth borders Heald Green to the north and Wilmslow to the south, between the Cheshire Plain and the Pennines.

Cheshire East is characterised by its distinctive historic towns each with their own history, character and charm. These towns lie at the heart of the Borough, and their vitality and growth is essential for the future prosperity of Cheshire East. These towns 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 that can meet the aspirations of the Borough and local communities.

The Vision for the Key Service Centres is:

The towns Alsager, Congleton, Handforth, Knutsford, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach and Wilmslow will see growth, with high quality homes and business premises provided to meet local needs, where smaller independent traders will continue to thrive and where all development will contribute to creating a strong sense of place.

The draft Handforth Town Strategy proposes the transformation of Handforth in terms of increased

employment opportunities, the regeneration of Hanforth town centre and the rail gateway,

improving green infrastructure, improved transport links and a wider choice of housing

The draft Handforth Town Strategy looks to limited future growth but aims for a greatly improved Handforth town centre and improved employment opportunities. The maintenance of the Green Belt is seen as important, retaining separation of the town from nearby Handforth settlements such as Cheadle Hulme and Heald Green.

There is a strong preference for the use of brownfield sites in the town for development although the need to provide additional housing to meet the current and future needs of the town is recognised. A number of potential sites for development around the town of Handforth are identified in order to ascertain public opinion on their suitability for development.

Whilst the bulk of new development in Cheshire East will be within or on the edge of our existing towns together with new infrastructure to support that development, it is recognised that there is a limit to the scale of new development that can be provided in this way without impacting on the character of these towns and without imposing unacceptable impacts on their community and physical infrastructure.

Accordingly three new settlements are planned - at Handforth, Barthomley and Crewe Hall; these will provide jobs and homes in a planned environment with good infrastructure, rather than increasing the amount of development that would need to be located on the periphery of existing constrained settlements.

The proposed settlement at Handforth will take some of the growth that otherwise might have had to have been accommodated in less suitable locations on the periphery of nearby towns. Rather than spreading the impact on the Green Belt, it seeks to minimize the take up of Green Belt land in a single sustainable location.

View the full draft Handforth Town Strategy document

Planning Consultants for the Handforth area of Cheshire East

We provide a comprehensive range of planning services for the Handforth and Cheshire East Council area.

Ashall Town Planning are based in Cheshire and are ideally positioned to provide a bespoke and professional planning service in the Handforth and the wider 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 in the Handforth area, 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 dealing 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:

Architectural Planning Drawings

Architectural Plans

Architectural Drawings

Access to Chartered Architect services

Planning Appeals

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.

Handforth Cheshire East - Planning Department Contact details:

Handforth Cheshire East Planning Department Tel - 0300 123 5014

Handforth Cheshire East Planning Department email -

Handforth Cheshire East Planning Department Website - ning/planning_application_advice/contact_planning.aspx

Handforth Cheshire East Planning Department Address - Development Management,PO Box 606,Municipal Buildings,Crewe,Cheshire,CW1 9HP

Handforth Cheshire East Planning Dept Opening Hours - 9am - 3:00pm : Monday - Friday


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