Decisions on planning applications must be made in line with the development plan unless there are clear material considerations which dictate why this should not be the case.

The policies which are used to manage development in Stockport are those set out in the:

  • Core Strategy DPD
  • Greater Manchester Joint Waste DPD
  • Greater Manchester Joint Minerals DPD
  • saved policies of the Stockport Unitary Development Plan (UDP) Review (May 2006) which are not superseded by the Core Strategy, Joint Waste or Joint Minerals DPDs

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) informs the public about the current planning policies for Stockport and sets out the programme for preparation of the Local Plan.