PLANNING documents which will help secure the regeneration of the Moorlands while respecting the area's special character have been adopted by the district council.
Following extensive preparation, consultation and an examination last year, a Government inspector has concluded that Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's key planning document, the Core Strategy, provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the district over the next 15 years, subject to a number of modifications which the council itself had put forward.
The strategy has now been adopted by the council and will be used to determine and guide future planning applications.
It also paves the way for the next stage of the council's planning strategy which is to identify specific sites and areas for development to meet future needs.
Additionally, three masterplans have also been adopted for Leek and Cheadle town centres and the Churnet Valley.
These supplementary planning documents accompany the Core Strategy, providing important guidance for future planning and enabling the council to ensure these important areas are properly managed and regenerated.
The Churnet Valley document replaces old guidance for Alton Towers which was revoked by the council at the same time.
Following the adoption of the documents there is a period of time for applications to be made to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of the decision to adopt them.
It is a six week period for the Core Strategy, and a three month period for the Masterplans. Both periods began on March 26.
Copies of the documents are available at the Council's one-stop-shops in Biddulph (Core Strategy only), Cheadle (Core Strategy, Cheadle Town Centre Masterplan and Churnet Valley Masterplan only) and Leek (all documents) and via the council's website.