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Manchester’s major review of its Local Plan begins

The overarching plan that sets out the key guidelines for all development across the city will be reviewed - and the first eight week consultation is underway.

The new Local Plan will provide a set of principles that will underpin new development over the next 15-20 years and will replace the city’s current Core Strategy. 

The first step of the new Local Plan is to speak to Manchester people and businesses on issues important to them that will inform the principles of the new Local Plan, and highlight key themes for the plan to focus on. 

You can read about and comment on our online issues consultation, view a hard copy in the Central Library, or call in at one of our Local Plan events.

These are being held on:

  • Monday 17 February, 3pm to 7pm at Withington Baths and Leisure Centre
  • Wednesday 19 February, 3pm to 7pm at Abraham Moss Centre
  • Monday 24 February, 3pm to 7pm at North City Library, Harpurhey
  • Wednesday 26 February, 3pm to 7pm at Wythenshawe Forum
  • Thursday 27 February, 12noon to 4.30pm at Inspire Centre, Levenshulme
  • Monday 2 March, 12noon to 6.30pm at Central Library

The public and businesses will be able to take part in further consultation opportunities throughout the process. 

A draft plan is expected to be prepared by winter 2020/21 for public consultation.

A final plan will be published in summer/autumn of 2021 for a formal statutory consultation, ahead of submission to the Secretary of State. 


This is the first major review of the city’s development plan since 2012 and will help respond to a range of emerging strategic issues, such as housing demand, transport infrastructure, neighbourhoods that promote healthy lifestyles, and achieving a zero carbon Manchester by 2038.

The Local  Plan should ensure new building and investment is aligned to Manchester’s growth ambitions and meets the city’s high development standards. And as the city’s population continues to grow (expected to hit 635,000 by 2025), it’s crucial that the city’s growth continues to be as inclusive and sustainable as possible. 

The Local Plan will also take into account the Our Manchester Strategy, the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Greater Manchester’s new devolved planning powers.  


Cllr Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment, planning and transport, said: “Developing a new Local Plan is a vital process that will shape where new homes will be built, where new employment opportunities will be created, what amenities are needed - such as schools and healthcare - and the transport infrastructure that connect the entire city. 

“This is a plan that will touch all of our lives in the next two decades, so we are keen to hear from as many people as possible about the issues they face - as well as potential options to improve them - and make sure everyone has a chance to shape our city. So please have your say.”

 

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