Review of planning obligations SPD

The city council consulted on its intention to undertake a review of the adopted planning obligations supplementary planning document (SPD) between 9 March 2018 and 6 April 2018. As part of this consultees were asked for comments that would assist in the review of the SPD.

A consultation statement can be downloaded below which sets out who was consulted, a summary of the main issues raised by those persons, and how the issues have been addressed.

Taking the above into account, the city council has produced a draft SPD which can be downloaded below (figure 1 of the draft SPD is also available to download separately). The production of the draft SPD has also been informed by a strategic assessment of residential viability that was undertaken to inform the policy approach in Salford’s revised draft local plan. The draft SPD reflects new/revised national planning policy and guidance, including an expectation that all viability assessments will be made public. In addition, the draft SPD contains policies on the artificial splitting of sites and reduced planning obligations, and revised the affordable housing requirements, including separate new policies on build to rent developments and the application of the vacant building credit.

Alongside the draft SPD the city council has produced a draft determination statement on the need for sustainability appraisal (SA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the SPD. The statement determines that SA and SEA is not required, and it can be downloaded below.

The city council invites comments from stakeholders and consultees on the draft SPD. Comments can be made from Friday 25 January 2019 and should be received by the city council no later than 4.30pm on Friday 22 March 2019 in order for them to be taken into account in informing the final version of the SPD that the city council will adopt. Copies of the draft SPD are available to view in all of the city’s libraries, and at the Civic Centre reception in Swinton.

Comments may be submitted by the following means:

  • By email to
  • By post to: Planning Obligations SPD consultation, Spatial Planning, Salford City Council, Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5BY
  • By hand to: Salford Civic Centre main reception, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford

If you have any questions regarding this consultation, please contact the city council by telephone on 0161 793 3782, or by email at

It should be noted that the policies within this draft SPD will only be applied for the purposes of decision making upon any future adoption of the document. In advance of this, the existing approach to planning obligations as set out within the adopted Planning Obligations SPD will continue to be applied.

This page was last updated on 25 January 2019

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