Places for Everyone

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 prepared by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on behalf of the nine districts.

The plan will determine the kind of development that takes place across the city-region, 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 with the publication of the first Greater Manchester Spatial Framework in 2016 and has been informed by the feedback received from residents, businesses and the development industry. Frequently asked questions in relation to the plan can be downloaded below.

Implications for Salford

Places for Everyone focuses on directing development towards brownfield sites in the urban areas. In Salford the vast majority of new offices will be located in City Centre Salford and at least 85% of new housing will be on brownfield land.

However, there is not enough land in the urban area to meet housing and employment needs, which means there is an exceptional case for limited release of Green Belt land. In Salford, there are four sites currently in the Green Belt that are proposed to be allocated for development:

  • Hazelhurst Farm: 400 homes
  • Land East of Boothstown: 300 homes
  • North of Irlam Station: 800 homes
  • Port Salford Extension: 320,000 sqm of employment floorspace, primarily for logistics and port related activity, with potential for advanced manufacturing. It will use road, rail and water (tri-modal) to move freight

Topic Papers have been produced for each of the allocations, outlining the key issues and the associated evidence base. These are available to download below.

Importantly Places for Everyone also identifies additional land that should be designated as Green Belt. Overall, once the additional new Green Belt is taken into account, there would be an overall increase of 54 hectares (133 acres) of Green Belt across Salford as a result of proposals in the plan.

Further information on the implications of Places for Everyone for Salford are set out in the Council and Cabinet report that was approved by councillors on 21 July 2021.

Publication Places for Everyone and next steps

We have now produced what we consider to be our final plan (the ‘Publication Places for Everyone’), the one we want to submit to the Secretary of State.

A period of consultation took place on the Publication plan between 9 August 2021 and 3 October 2021. During this consultation period the council held two online events where further information was provided on the plan focusing specifically on the allocations in Salford. These events were held on Tuesday 14 September (Irlam and Cadishead - North of Irlam Station and Port Salford Expansion allocations) and Thursday 16 September (Worsley and Boothstown – Land East of Boothstown and Hazelhurst Farm allocations). The presentations and an edited, written version of the material presented at these events can be downloaded below.

It is now the intention that the plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State, together with all the supporting documents / background evidence and any representations received during this final stage of consultation. Independent Inspector(s) will then be appointed to undertake an independent examination into the plan. This examination is expected take place in 2022.

The plan, supporting documents and further information regarding Places for Everyone can be viewed on the GMCA Places for Everyone page.

This page was last updated on 7 October 2021

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