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Council Starts Consultation on ‘Local Plan’

by burylibdems on 8 August, 2017

Consultation on Bury Council’s own ‘Local Plan’ started on 7 August. The Plan will set out housing and employment requirements of the borough for years to come and the need for new infrastructure.

The above is strategic issues outlined in the GMSF. 

The Issues Paper forms part of the Local Plan, which is being drawn up within the context of both national planning policies and policies developed at the Greater Manchester level, including a rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. Together they will form the key planning documents that will shape sustainable growth and control development for the next decade and beyond.

The plan will only deal with local issues relating to Bury. This is different from the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, which deals with more strategic issues across the conurbation. The hope is that the documents – the strategic framework across Greater Manchester AND the local plan for Bury will happen at the same time. There is no news yet on when the Mayor of Greater Manchester will push forwards on the GMSF, and what changes there will or will not be. 

At the moment the housing numbers for the plan remain the same as the GMSF (12,500 extra houses over the next 20 years), so do doubt dome of the same controversial issues will come up again. There is also a further ‘call for sites’ where people can suggest ideas for housing or industrial development.

The deadline for comments is 2 October, but residents will have further opportunities to have their say on the details of the new Local Plan as it progresses next year.

If you are worried about any issues around the future of our communities – housing, land, green spaces, tranport and local services it is important to have your say.

Details of the Local Plan Issues Paper, including how you can make comments, can be found at http://www.bury.gov.uk/localplan

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