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Places for Everyone

On 11 August 2023 Inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State (Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) confirmed that the Places for Everyone plan is ready to move to the next stage of the process. They have recommended that the nine authorities consult on a set of modifications to clarify the wording of the policies however the vision, objectives and Spatial Strategy for the Places for Everyone Joint Development Plan of nine Greater Manchester districts remain unchanged. Further details about the consultation including dates will be published in due course.

The Examination in public hearing sessions took place between November 2022 and July 2023 and heard from individuals and organisations who have engaged with previous consultations on the plans. The Inspectors’ letter published on 11 August 2023 confirms the outcome of the hearing sessions.

View the Inspectors' letter published on 11 August 2023 (external webpage)

View the Modification Documents as presented to District Governance Meetings (GMCA Webpage)

View the Examination website (external 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.

We have produced what we consider to be our final plan that we submitted to the Secretary of State.

This plan:

  • sets out how the nine boroughs should develop up until 2037;
  • 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 Modifications stage and previous stages of the Plan.