Places for Everyone consultation offers chance to have your say

Salfordians are being encouraged to have their say on local plans as part of the Places for Everyone consultation. The consultation is open now and runs until 3 October 2021.

Places for Everyone is the ambitious joint development plan for homes, jobs and sustainable growth across nine boroughs of Greater Manchester. The plan has been approved by Salford City Council, along with councils in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Places for Everyone will determine what kind of development takes place, maximising the use of brownfield land and urban spaces while at the same time protecting Green Belt land from the risk of unplanned development. It will also ensure that all new developments are sustainably integrated into Greater Manchester’s existing transport network or supported by new infrastructure.

This consultation is the final stage and will focus on:

  • Setting out how the area should develop up to 2037
  • Identifying how much new housing and employment development will come forward and the main areas in which this will be focused
  • Allocating sites for employment and housing
  • Identifying important environmental assets which will be protected and enhanced
  • Supporting the delivery of key infrastructure, such as transport and utilities
  • Defining a new Green Belt boundary for the nine boroughs

This is a formal stage of consultation and Salford residents, businesses and local groups are being encouraged to take part. After this, the plan will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in early 2022 for examination. To find out more please visit the GM Consult website or telephone 0161 793 3782.    

The plan has been produced using the evidence from the 2016 and 2019 drafts of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, as well as the views that were gathered as part of the previous consultations on these draft plans.

Since 2016, work has been carried out to reduce the number of proposed sites and the amount of Green Belt take within sites, and to propose new Green Belt additions – the result being a 60 per cent reduction in the impact on Green Belt land in Places for Everyone compared to the 2016 plan. Ninety per cent of housing allocations in the new plan are in urban areas.

In Salford, there are four sites currently in the Green Belt that are proposed to be allocated for development. These are Hazelhurst Farm, Land East of Boothstown, and North of Irlam Station for a total of 1,500 new homes, and Port Salford Extension which is for 320,000 square metres of employment floorspace focussed on logistics but also incorporating high quality manufacturing floorspace.

New Green Belt additions are also proposed in Salford. The largest of these is West Salford Greenway. Overall, there would be an increase of 54 hectares (133 acres) of Green Belt across Salford as a result of proposals in the plan. 

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, said: “The Places for Everyone plan puts the city in the best position to maximise development opportunities for the future. All Salfordians should have an interest in future development across the city. This is your chance to have your say on the future of those developments. I urge residents to review the plan and share your views.” 

To take part in the consultation, residents are advised to visit the GM Consult website, where there is a virtual exhibition space, so everyone can see the supporting evidence, enabling them to engage fully with the consultation in a range of safe and accessible ways.

Alternatively, for more information email plans.consultation@salford.gov.uk or call 0161 793 3782.

A paper copy of the plan is available to view in Salford libraries and Gateway Centres where there are also publicly accessible computers to access all supporting documents.

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Date published
Tuesday 7 September 2021

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