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Places for Everyone


The Places for Everyone Examination has now concluded. The Inspectors’ report on the examination of the Places for Everyone Plan which sets out their recommendations was received on 14 February 2024.

View the Inspectors’ Report and their recommended main modifications set out in the Appendix of their report (internal webpage)

All nine Places for Everyone Councils are to consider the Inspectors’ recommendations and adoption of the Plan.

View when the Councils will consider adoption and related adoption documentation (internal webpage)

The issuing of the Inspectors' Report follows a period of consultation on modifications to the Plan between 11 October 2023 and 6 December 2023.

View the Modifications Consultation documents and responses received (internal webpage)

Places for Everyone is a long-term plan of nine Greater Manchester districts (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) for jobs, new homes, and sustainable growth. It has been published by the GMCA on behalf of the nine districts.

The plan is a joint development plan of the nine districts which will determine the kind of development that takes place in their boroughs, maximising the use of brownfield land and urban spaces while protecting Green Belt land from the risk of unplanned development.

It will also ensure all new developments are sustainably integrated into Greater Manchester’s transport network or supported by new infrastructure.

The plan is the result of a process that began as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) in 2014, and has been informed by the feedback received from residents, businesses and the development industry to previous consultations on that Plan. The nine districts decided to continue to produce a joint plan following the withdrawal of Stockport Council from the GMSF in December 2020.

The Inspectors’ Report, received on 14 February 2024, marks the end the examination into the plan which included public hearing sessions which took place between 1 November 2022 and 5 July 2023. The report sets out the findings of the examination of the Places for Everyone Joint Development Plan Document (PfE). The Inspectors conclude that all legal requirements have been met and that with the recommended main modifications set out in the Appendix of their report, the Places for Everyone Joint Development Plan Document for Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan satisfies the requirements referred to in Section 20(5)(a) of the 2004 Act and is sound.

The next step is for all nine Places for Everyone Councils to consider the Inspectors’ recommendations and adoption of the Plan. Currently it is anticipated that these Council meetings will be held between 28 February and 20 March 2024. Full details of the Council meetings will be available in due course.

This plan:

  • sets out how the nine boroughs should develop up until 2039;
  • identifies the amount of new development that will come forward across the 9 districts, in terms of housing, offices, and industry and warehousing, and the main areas in which this will be focused;
  • supports the delivery of key infrastructure, such as transport and utilities;
  • protects the important environmental assets across the city region;
  • allocates sites for employment and housing outside of the existing urban area; and
  • defines a new Green Belt boundary for Greater Manchester

By clicking below, you can read about the Inspectors’ Report and previous stages of the Plan.