Core strategy

The Core Strategy is the key Local Development Framework (LDF) document.  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 future LDF 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).

The Core Strategy is 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.

Adopted Core Strategy

The Staffordshire Moorlands Core Strategy was adopted by the Council on 26th March 2014 and can be viewed below.

Other related documents which can also be viewed below are:

Adoption Statement
Inspector's Report and Main Modifications
Sustainability Appraisal Report
Habitats Regulation Assessment

Any person who feels aggrieved by the Core Strategy may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on the grounds that the document is not within the appropriate power and/or that a procedural requirement has not been complied with.  Such an application must be made no later than the end of the period of six weeks starting on the 26th March 2014 (Regulation 17 parts (c) & (d)).

The Core Strategy will supersede the saved policies from the Staffordshire Moorlands Local Plan (which are listed in Appendix H of the adopted Core Strategy).  The development boundaries and Green Belt boundaries within the 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 production stages including the 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.

Revisions consultation (Feb/Mar 2011)

Revisions consultation was held between 14 February 2011 and 11 March 2011.

Addendum consultation (Dec/Jan 2009/2010)

The District Council published an Addendum to the Submission Version of its Core Strategy for formal representations from 7 December 2009 to 22 January 2010.

Submission publication (May 2009)

Statutory consultation on the Submission Version of the Plan took place between 6th May and 19th June 2009.

Preferred options consultation (Sept 2008)

Consultation on Preferred Options was held in September 2008.

Issues and options consultation (Sep 2007)

Consultation on Issues and Options was undertaken in September 2007. 

Consultation statements

These statements explain how the Council has involved the public and its key partners in the Core Strategy process.

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

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).

West Midlands RSS

Further details of the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy.

Old development plan documents

Links are available in this section to old development plan documents.

Last updated: 28th March 2014

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