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Knutsford and the Local Plan

Knutsford has a population of approximately 13,000 and is situated in the Borough of  Cheshire East.

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 Knutsford Town Strategy seeks to retain Knutsford as a historic town of distinctive character, rich in heritage with a strong community spirit. It looks to retain a high quality of life with good access to education, jobs, services, shops and public transport. The draft Knutsford Town Strategy identified that priority of housing should be given to opportunities within the town centre; then to potential opportunities for development or redevelopment of brownfield sites within the urban area and thirdly to sites on the edge of the urban area with potential for good access to services and Knutsford town centre.

Potential sites favoured by the stakeholder panel included land to the north west of Knutsford, land to the north and east of Parkgate Trading Estate and land to the south of Longridge.

Knutsford - is one of the two key historic towns in Cheshire East and its heritage and distinctiveness need to be maintained and enhanced.

The aspirations of the Knutsford Town Strategy, to maintain the special character of the town, whilst strengthening the range of housing and employment opportunities is reflected in the Development Strategy. To achieve this, the re-use of brownfield sites and other land within the town of Knutsford will be encouraged, however in order to sustain the town of Knutsford into future decades some re-adjustment of the Green Belt will be required.

A new settlement at Handforth will capture a proportion of the development needs across the north of Cheshire - and this reduces the need for Knutsford to accommodate wider growth - and thus minimises the intrusion into the Green Belt. It is therefore proposed to provide additional employment (about 5 hectares) and housing (about 400 new dwellings), on land to the north west of the town. An assessment of the various potential Green Belt sites around the town indicates that land to the north west of the town would be the most appropriate location for new development. A further 11 hectares of land at Parkgate is to be safeguarded for mixed use, including employment purposes.

View the draft Knutsford Town Strategy document

Planning Consultants for the Knutsford area of Cheshire East

We provide a comprehensive range of planning services for the Knutsford and 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 Knutsford 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 Knutsford 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.

Havi ng 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.

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