The following is a copy of Policy RT.6 from the Recreation and Tourism section of the Borough of Crewe and Nantwich Replacement Local Plan
Policy RT.6: RECREATIONAL USES IN THE OPEN COUNTRYSIDE
DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS FOR RECREATIONAL USES IN THE OPEN COUNTRYSIDE, AS DEFINED ON THE PROPOSALS MAP, WILL BE PERMITTED PROVIDED THAT:
* THEY DO NOT HARM THE CHARACTER OR APPEARANCE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE;
* THEY DO NOT HARM SITES OF NATURE CONSERVATION, HISTORIC OR ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE;
* THERE IS SAFE VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE SITE
* THE ACCESS ROADS ARE SUITABLE FOR THE LIKELY TRAFFIC GENERATION
* CAR PARKING PROVISION IS PROPOSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ADOPTED STANDARDS
* THEY CAN BE INTEGRATED WITH EXISTING VISITOR ATTRACTIONS IN THE BOROUGH OR IN THE VICINITY: AND
* THEY CAN BE ACCESSED BY A RANGE OF MEANS OF TRANSPORT
PROPOSALS SHOULD RE-USE EXISTING BUILDINGS WHEREVER POSSIBLE. ANY NEW BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES SHOULD BE SITED CLOSE TO ANY EXISTING BUILDINGS AND SHOULD BLEND INTO THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE IN DESIGN, SITING, MATERIALS AND LANDSCAPE.
The Borough already has a number of important tourist attractions, notably Stapeley Water Gardens and Bridgemere Garden World. Proposals to improve them will increase the attractiveness of the area to visitors and make best use of existing resources. Proposals for new or enlarged facilities will be judged against the need to safeguard the environment, the desirability of using sites in existing urban areas rather than greenfield sites and minimisation of the length and number of motorised journeys.
Councillor Margaret Hollins has indicated that the development plans will be assessed against the Borough of Crewe and Nantwich Replacement Local Plan, and that the quoted section is likely to be one of the key relevant policies. She emphasised that objections should focus on issues in the Replacement Local Plan to be effective