CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has started a 12 week public consultation on its Rural Regeneration and Rural Housing Strategies.

Regeneration and housing teams have been working with other teams in the council, external partners, community representatives and elected members to identify action needed to ensure rural communities are vibrant and sustainable into the future.

The authority is seeking views on its draft because the council wants to enable its rural communities to make decisions about their own future.

Cllr Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “This represents a significant step towards ensuring the communities that are so important to us, and in many ways define the character of much of Cheshire, have the opportunity to thrive in the future.

“Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to enabling these communities to make decisions themselves but also recognises that in order to keep them vibrant and sustainable we need to ensure they are living, working and developing places.”

The documents set out clearly the current trends, opportunities and issues within our rural communities and the challenges affecting their future.

They recommend action that Cheshire West and Chester Council, local communities and partners can take in order to try to resolve issues and support the communities to make the decisions for themselves.

The consultation period started on March 28.

You can access the documents at and comments can be submitted to

You can also submit your comments in writing to Rural Regeneration, Backford Hall, Chester, CH1 6PZ.