Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Two Greater Manchester boroughs have reached key milestones in their local plan preparation, with Rochdale adopting its core strategy in October and Salford last month publishing a draft local plan for consultation.

Salford Quays: earmarked for new homes in draft framework (picture: Paulo Corceiro, Flickr)
Salford Quays: earmarked for new homes in draft framework (picture: Paulo Corceiro, Flickr)

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council’s core strategy, adopted following publication of inspector Clive Sproule’s examination report in August, is the first to be adopted in Greater Manchester for just over three years.

According to data compiled for Planning’s Local Plan Watch tracker bulletin, only three Greater Manchester boroughs have a plan which was adopted after publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), with four adopting a core strategy shortly before the NPPF was published in March 2012, and three which are still relying on unitary development plans adopted over ten years ago.

The progress of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will therefore be welcomed by constituent boroughs, with the framework constituting a joint development plan document which therefore meets the government’s requirement to have a plan in place for new homes by 2017.

Key Local Plan Updates

ADOPTION NEWS

South West: Cornwall Council adopted its local plan on 22 November. Inspector Simon Emerson’s report, published in September, said that the strategy could be adopted, provided a number of modifications are made to the plan.

North West: Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council adopted its core strategy on 19th October. The adoption follows the publication of inspector Clive Sproule’s examination report in August, which found the document sound.

PLANS SUBMITTED

South East: Adur District Council submitted its local plan to the secretary of state for examination on 20 October. The document proposes a housing provision of 3,609 new homes between 2011-31.

PLANS PUBLISHED

East of England: North Hertfordshire District Council opened consultation on its proposed submission draft local plan for consultation on 19th October. The plan proposes to provide at least 14,000 homes for the district’s own needs for 2011-31, and an additional 1,950 homes to help meet the unmet needs of the Luton housing market area, with just under half of the total new homes being delivered on six strategic housing sites removed from the green belt.

London: Bromley Council has published its proposed submission draft local plan for consultation, which runs up to 31 December 2016. The council intends to submit the plan for examination in early 2017.

Yorkshire and Humber: Harrogate Borough Council has published its draft local plan for consultation, which takes place between 11 November and 23 December. The plan proposes to provide 11,697 new homes between 2014-35 and 20-25 hectares of employment land.

North West: Salford Council has published its draft local plan for consultation up to 6 January 2017. Among the plan’s objectives are the delivery of 260,000 square metres of business floorspace and 5,200 new homes up to 2035 at the Salford Quays development.


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