Consultation on Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment

Consultation on Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment

(the spatial framework)


Take part in the online consultation

What is this plan and why do we need it?

This plan is about providing the right homes, in the right places, for people across our city region. It’s about creating jobs and improving infrastructure to ensure the future prosperity of Greater Manchester.

The plan talks about jobs and homes, but it’s about so much more than bricks and mortar. It's about reducing inequalities, improving the lives of our residents, and transforming Greater Manchester into the world-leading city-region we know it can be.

We have to prove we have enough land available to deliver the homes people need up until 2037. If we don't, we will have less control over the future shape of Greater Manchester, and growth will take place without being properly planned for the benefit of all.

If we get this plan right, we can do it our way and steer development in a way that works for us - delivering the coordinated, strategic improvements we need in the city region.

Why are we consulting?

Local people are the driving force behind Greater Manchester's success. It's important that you have your say on the future of the place you call home, and help shape its transition into a world-leading city region.

Where to view Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment

Physical copies of Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment (the spatial framework) will be made available to view at various locations across Greater Manchester. Please visit your local council website for details.

The plan can also be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf:

Navigating the information

This is a lengthy, complex plan supported by detailed technical and legal information. To try and make it as easy as possible for you to navigate your way through the information you’ll need to make an informed response, we have put together a library of supporting information.

How to respond

The easiest way to respond is online – it counts just as much as a postal submission, and is easy to do. It saves you the price of a stamp and you can answer as much or as little of the consultation as you like.

If you would like to respond by email or post, please be sure to include the following information. If you don’t send us everything that’s needed, we may not be able to give your response due regard:

  • Name and contact details – please give us your name and at least one way for us to get in touch with you (e.g. your phone number, email address, or postal address).
  • Organisation – are you representing an organisation or group? Tell us who it is and how we can contact them.
  • What you are commenting on – tell us which part of the plan you are writing to us about. Include the question, chapter names, and the reference number of the policy you’re referring to. If known, please also give us page numbers and paragraph numbers. If talking about a particular site, please use the same site name/description used in the plan itself. If you have comments about more than one part of the document then set them out separately.
  • Your comments – tell us what you do or don’t like about the part of the plan you are commenting on, and include your reasons why.
  • Suggestions/alternatives – if you have better ideas or want to offer up alternative proposals, let us know about them. Tell us why you think your approach is better and how it will help us achieve the aims of the plan.

If not responding online, please send your completed response to:

We are unable to record or consider comments if they:

  • are made verbally
  • are made in person
  • are made by telephone
  • are posted onto any social media web pages, including our own pages
  • contain offensive, defamatory or discriminatory language

Unfortunately, we can’t accept anonymous consultation responses. In order for us to consider your comments as part of the formal planning process, we need to be able to contact you. – just your name and an email address is enough.

Please don’t respond more than once. If you respond online, you don’t also need to send something through the post, and vice-versa. During analysis of the feedback we will be checking for duplicate responses and removing these.

If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact us.

Submitting petitions

If you are submitting a petition, please send your completed petitions to:

Each petition will be entered onto our system as a single response and the number of people who have signed up to it will be recorded, but not their individual names and contact details.

Information events

Events are taking place across Greater Manchester to help you find out more about this plan and encourage you take part in the consultation.

  • Visit your local council website for details
Closing date

All responses must be received by GMCA no later than Monday 18 March, 2019 at 23:59. Submissions received after this time will not be counted.

What happens next

Following this consultation, we will review all the responses we receive and consider how we need to review the plan in light of what you’ve said.

Our timetable is:

  • 21 January 2019 – first phase of consultation begins
  • 18 March – first phase of consultation closes
  • Analysis and publication of feedback and responses before second phase of consultation begins
  • Autumn 2019 – second phase of consultation begins
  • March 2020 – planning inspectors check our consultation processes and what we’ve done with the feedback (examination phase)
  • December 2020 – publication of the final plan ready to roll out
Contact us

If you are struggling to understand any of the information, or you are having difficulty with the consultation itself, please get in touch.

We won’t be able to discuss the plan itself with you, or take your responses over the phone, but we can help you find the information you need so you can submit an informed response online, by post, or by email.