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Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Core Spatial Strategy


A description of how the Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Core Spatial Strategy explains the important history, context and physical characteristics of the area, together with a description of the key challenges and opportunities which the area faces can be found on the CABE archived web pages.

The Borough Council adopted the Core Spatial Strategy on 28 October 2009. It now forms part of the Development Plan for the area.  View the adoption statement here.

The Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Core Spatial Strategy has been prepared jointly with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The Core Spatial Strategy sets out a broad framework for the future development of the whole of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. This approach helps to make sure that the two councils are working together to achieve the best results for both areas.

The other plans that are produced as part of the Local Development Framework must be in line with the Core Spatial Strategy.

In accordance with regulation 30 (3) (b) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008, the Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Core Spatial Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State on 22 December 2008.

Inspector Jean Jones MA DipTP MRTPI was appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Core Spatial Strategy Development Plan Document is sound. The examination began on 22 December 2008 and ended upon receipt of the Inspector's binding report on 23 June 2009. This concluded that the Core Spatial Strategy is sound, subject to a number of changes.

On 28 October 2009, full Council resolved to adopt the Core Spatial Strategy, incorporating the changes set out in the Inspector's binding report. This follows the earlier adoption of the document by Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 1 October 2009.

Inspector's Report

The Inspector's Report into the Core Spatial Strategy can be accessed below:

Core Spatial Strategy 2006-26 (Adopted)

A copy of the adopted Core Spatial Strategy, incorporating the Inspector's changes, is available below.

Core Spatial Strategy (Adopted Version)

For clarification, references in the Core Spatial Strategy to 'the villages of Audley Parish', includes:

  • Audley;
  • Bignall End;
  • Wood Lane;
  • Miles Green;
  • Alsagers Bank; and
  • Halmerend.

Local Development Framework Proposals Map

The Local Development Framework Proposals Map consist of two parts, one map covering the 'North of the Borough', the other the 'South of the Borough'.  Each is accessible via the following links:

North of the Borough

South of the Borough

Documents from the examination can be found below. If you have any queries on any documents please contact the Planning Policy Team on: 01782 742477.

Planning Status

The adopted Core Spatial Strategy forms part of the  Development Plan. It outweighs the provisions of relevant Local Plan Policies. Please see below for the impact on saved policies from the Local Plan.

Matters and Issues for Examination

A schedule of Matters and Issues for the examination was produced and is available to view below:

Final matters and issues

Hearing Statements

Hearing statements in response to the Inspector's identified Matters and Issues can be accessed here.

Hearing Documents

The hearing documents consist of items such as suggested word changes that were produced for circulation at hearing sessions.

Inspector's Hearing Documents

Council's Hearing Documents

(The Tracked Change document does not form a further draft of the Core Strategy but is intended merely as a tool to assist in identifying the changes in the Schedule.)

Representor’s Hearing Documents


Schedule of Changes

The Councils' final consolidated schedule of changes is available to view below:

CHD9a - Councils' Final Consolidated Schedule of Changes

(Further word changes have been discussed in the Inspector's Hearing Documents IHD: 4-6 and the Councils' replies CHD: 18-22)

Other Documents

Other documents relating to the preparation of the Core Spatial Strategy can be viewed by following the links below:


Submission Draft

Revised Preferred Options

Preferred Options

Issues and Options


Comments and personal details you provide will be placed on a public register and on the Core Spatial Strategy Examination website where others may see them.  They cannot be treated confidentially, however, they will not be used for any other purpose.  If you have any queries or concerns about the processing of the information by the Council, please contact  Helen Beech on 01782 742477.

Submitted Documents

Copies of the submitted Core Spatial Strategy, its Sustainability Appraisal, the Proposals Map, and statements setting out representations received can all be viewed by following the links below:

Evidence Base

Due to technical limitations, it has not been possible to provide direct links to other supporting documentation such as national and regional policy, and the evidence base underpinning the Core Spatial Strategy. These are instead available to view on the Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s website.


If you wish to view copies of all the representations made on the Core Spatial Strategy, please follow this link

Inspector's Questions and Responses

Clarification or further details requested by the Inspector,  followed by the Council’s response can be found here.

Last updated 2 June 2017

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