Core Strategy

The Core Strategy was adopted on the 26th March 2014.  It is a strategic District wide plan which influences how and where the Staffordshire Moorlands will develop in the future. It sets out what the District Council would like to achieve in each of the main towns and the rural areas outside the Peak District National Park. The Core Strategy provides the framework for other future Local Plan documents which will then identify specific sites for development in the District (Site Allocations DPD) and provide detailed guidance to supplement the policies (Supplementary Planning Documents).

Early Review

The Core Strategy states that in order to take account of the longer term requirements of the District, the Council will undertake an early and comprehensive review. This will incorporate work underway on the Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) in the form of a single comprehensive Local Plan for the plan period up to 2031. Land for future development to help deliver the objectives set out in the Council's adopted Core Strategy will be identified. Public consultation on site options and development boundaries was held between 6th July and 14th September 2015. 

The Core Strategy has been informed by information, aspirations and actions from many other documents and surveys and also from consultations and engagement with stakeholders, whilst its policies and proposals will be delivered and measured through various implementation and monitoring mechanisms and procedures.

The area within the Peak District National Park is the responsibility of the Peak District National Park Authority, a separate local planning authority who prepare their own Peak District Core Strategy.

The Core Strategy supersedes the saved policies from the 1998 Staffordshire Moorlands Local Plan (which are listed in Appendix H of the adopted Core Strategy).  The development boundaries and Green Belt boundaries within the 1998 Local Plan are still in force until such time as they are reviewed as part of the Site Allocations work currently being undertaken.  Please refer to the Council's Local Development Scheme for the latest timetable for the Site Allocations Review.

Details about the Core Strategy Examination can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

If you require any further information please contact the Planning Policy Team:
Telephone: (01538) 395570

Main modifications (June 2013)

This page provides information relating to consultation on Main Modifications to the Staffordshire Moorlands Core Strategy.


This page provides information relating to the independent examination of the Staffordshire Moorlands Core Strategy.

Revised submission publication (Dec 2011)

The Revised Submission Core Strategy was published for representations between 12th December 2011 and 3rd February 2012.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) consultation (June/July 2012)

Responses were reported to the Council meeting on 25th July 2012 and will be considered as part of the Core Strategy examination.

Pre-submission consultation stages

Stage 1 - Consultation on 'Issues and Options' was undertaken in September 2007.  Stage 2 - Consultation on 'Preferred Options' was held in September 2008. Stage 3 - Statutory consultation on the submission version of the Plan took place between 6th May and 19th June 2009. St

Sustainability appraisal and appropriate assessment

The sustainability appraisal process provides a key evidence base for the LDF and informs the evaluation of different policy options.

Infrastructure plan and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Infrastructure Plan provides clarity on the main infrastructure requirements for the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Duty to co-operate statement

Further details of the Local Strategy & Duty to Co-operate Statement (September 2012).

Last updated: 12th October 2015

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