Rochdale Borough Council decided to adopt its Core Strategy on 19 October 2016. The Council have not yet published a final version of the plan, so as an interim measure they are using their publication draft alongside a schedule of modifications. The Core Strategy will set the strategic vision for the development in the Borough up to 2028.
Rochdale Borough Council had published their draft Core Strategy for a consultation that took place between 25 January 2013 and 8 March 2013.
Rochdale Borough Council then submitted their draft Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for examination on 31 May 2013.
An Inspector was appointed and examination hearings were held in the first two weeks of October 2013. Following the hearings the Inspector wrote to the Rochdale Borough Council on 19 December 2013, citing concerns about the approach taken to the housing strategy. The Inspector recommended that the Council should produce an upto date Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) to address these concerns.
As requested by the Inspector Rochdale Borough Council has produced a draft SHMA which will be available for consultation prior to being submitted for consideration in the examination of the Core Strategy. The consultation on the draft SHMA started on 13 October 2014 and ends on 24 November 2014.
On 31 March 2015 Rochdale Borough Council published their updated SHMA and now expect for the examination to re-open.
Examination hearings were held on 10 June 2015. Rochdale then published a schedule of modifications that were available for consultation between 3 March 2016 and 18 April 2016.
The Inspector's report on the Rochdale Core Strategy was issued to the Council on 22 August 2016. The Inspector found that, provided modifications were made, the plan would provide a sound basis for the planning of the Borough.