Gawsworth Neighbourhood Plan

Gawsworth Parish Council and volunteers from across the community have been working on developing the Gawsworth Neighbourhood Plan. This plan covers the whole parish and in November 2019 we reached the key stage of the Regulation 14 Consultation where we published the first draft plan.

Regulation 14 Consultation

The Regulation 14 Consultation is a statutory consultation on the draft plan. This consultation commenced on Wednesday 13th November and runs to Tuesday 31st December 2019. In 2018 we consulted on the draft policies for the neighbourhood plan and since then we have been working to put the complete document together alongside maps and background evidence. The draft plan is now available for public consultation and has also been shared with statutory consultees such as Historic England and United Utilities.

Printed copies of the plan will be available at:

  • Gawsworth Hub
  • Gawsworth Village Hall
  • Gawsworth Methodist Church and Hall
  • Gawsworth St James Church and Hall
  • The Rising Sun
  • The Harrington Arms

We are hosting three drop in sessions where the community can come along and talk to the volunteers behind the plan. We’ll have large prints of many of the maps and some mince pies to enjoy whilst we discuss the policies contained the plan. The dates for these events are:

  • Tuesday 10th December 6pm to 8pm @ The Rising Sun Pub
  • Sunday 15th December 8am to 11am @ Gawsworth Hub
  • Tuesday 17th December 8am to 11am @ Gawsworth Hub

How to have your say on the plan

We want to hear what as many residents as possible think of the draft plan. You can have your say in one of four ways:

  1. Attend one of our drop in sessions to speak to the team, filling in a paper form
  2. Complete a short survey online: Complete the Survey
  3. Send your written comments on the plan to
  4. Post your written comments on the plan to Adam Keppel-Green, Clerk to Gawsworth Parish Council, 33 Manor Crescent, Knutsford, WA16 8DL


Looking to 2030, Gawsworth will have remained a safe, green and pleasant place to live with a strong sense of place and community. It will have a variety of well-designed, high-quality homes to suit the varying needs of our parish which shall continue to be a place that provides for residents with differing talents, skills and needs.

The community in Gawsworth will be inclusive and welcoming, offering a range of activities and opportunities for residents of all ages to engage with one another. Gawsworth will thrive as a community.

Whilst retaining its rural character, Gawsworth will embrace modern technologies. The village will remain a small peaceful rural village with good connections to surrounding countryside. Gawsworth Moss will continue to maintain a distinct identity from Macclesfield, but thriving from its connections. Rural Gawsworth will keep its character as beautiful Cheshire countryside based on farming.

Overall, Gawsworth will be a place where local people can live, work, play and enjoy a high quality of life.


  1. To ensure Gawsworth residents have access to high quality housing that suits their needs without losing our community or the traditional appearance of the rural area
  2. To ensure all Gawsworth residents have access to the countryside and green spaces via a wide network of well maintained footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths
  3. To ensure Gawsworth retains a strong sense of community and of place with a range of community facilities
  4. To identify opportunities to improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorists
  5. To conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the parish and its environment and the integrity of the greenbelt
  6. To ensure Gawsworth residents will have access to high speed internet, mobile and telephone links