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Chester District Adopted Local Plan
The Chester District Local Plan was adopted by the Council on 12 May 2006. It sets out the Council's policies for development and the use of land in the District between the period 1996 to 2011.
The Plan is written to reflect national, regional and strategic policies. It provides, along with the Regional Spatial Strategy, the statutory framework within which decisions on planning applications are made.
Chester District Local Plan Saved Policies
The Chester District Local Plan was adopted 12th May 2006. Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the policies within the Plan were saved for a period of 3 years from the date of adoption. For Chester, this meant that policies in the Chester District Local Plan were saved until May 2009. To ensure that these policies continued to be valid in the determination of planning applications after May 2009, the Council had to secure agreement from the Secretary of State.
To do this the Council had to submit a list of policies they wish to save to Government Office/Secretary of State 6 months before the expiration of the 3 year period, together with a justification.
A review of all Local Plan policies against the Government’s guidance was undertaken and it concluded that all the policies are necessary and should be retained. Failure to do so would create a policy vacuum in Chester District and any planning decisions would have to be based purely on national and regional guidance.
Following agreement from Council, a formal request to extend the saving of the Local Plan policies was submitted to the Secretary of State. Government Office accepted that all except policy HO 1 setting out the scale of housing provision could be retained. Therefore this policy lapsed on 12 May 2009 but all other Chester District Local Plan policies have been retained.
Policies will be reviewed and gradually replaced by policies in the Local Development Framework for Cheshire West and Chester, however it is likely to be some time before replacement policies will be adopted.
The Local Plan Maps are reproduced from Ordnance Survey material with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office © Crown copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. 100023277 2008.
Welcome to the online version of the Chester District Local Plan.
The Proposals Map is available here in an interactive format.
|The written content of the Plan comprises a Written Statement document in HTML format. Click on the icon to the left of to launch the Written Statement.
Chester City Council is not responsible for the accuracy of the data supplied in these plans. Any data is used at your own risk. Boundary data provided in these plans is indicative only. Any boundary may only be accurately located by reference to HM Land Registry.
For your information, the following data was inputted at the scales listed below:
ANCV (Area of Nature Conservation Value) and SNCV (Site of Nature Conservation Value) data is mapped to an approximate accuracy of 1:10,000.
SBI (Site of Biological Importance) data is supplied by Cheshire County Council and is mapped to an approximate accuracy of 1:10,000.
- the presence of an SBI does not infer any public access.
- the information contained within the layer is illustrative and representative of a certain data and is updated yearly with sites added/deleted/extended or reduced.
- for up to date information on sites please contact either Cheshire County Council or Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) data is supplied by Natural England and is mapped to an approximate accuracy of 1:10,000.
Conservation Areas are kept under continual review. Please contact the Council’s Conservation Team to find out what reviews are currently being undertaken and what changes may have been made to Conservation Area Boundaries since the Plan’s publication.
Should you wish to view the original plans, please contact the GIS Manager at Chester City Council.