Have your say on Bury Council’s ‘Local Plan’

Bury Council has announced that it is commencing preparation of a new ‘Local Plan’ for the Borough of Bury which will, once adopted, replace the Council’s current ‘Unitary Development Plan’ which dates back to 1997.

The aim of the ‘Local Plan’ is to plan for the future growth and development of the Borough, address infrastructure needs and outline land in the Borough that is either suitable for development, or to be protected (such as Green Belt land).

The policies and proposals that are in the final Local Plan will form the basis for making decisions on planning applications in the future.

The Local Plan will sit alongside the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) and the Greater Manchester Joint Minerals and Waste Plans.

National planning policy places Local Plans at the heart of the planning system, so it is essential that they are in place and kept up to date. Local Plans usually require updating in whole or in part at least every 5 years. Bury Council’s last Local Plan was published in 1997.

What is a Local Plan?

Local Plans set out a framework for the future development of the Borough, addressing housing needs, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure – as well safeguarding the local environment.

It should recognise the different types of housing needed in the area and, where appropriate, identify specific sites for all types of housing to meet their anticipated housing requirement over a 5 year period. This should include sites such as apartments, affordable housing, family homes and older people’s housing such as sheltered or extra care housing, retirement housing and residential care homes.

The Council must demonstrate a 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites.

Bury Council will publicise the draft Local Plan that they intend to submit to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in due course.

Before they do, they require your input.  If you would like to comment on any local issues for consideration in the proposed Local Plan, such as housing needs, the Green Belt, local infrastructure, flooding etc these should be submitted to the Council before Monday 17 April 2017.

Comments should be sent by email to: planning.policy@bury.gov.uk

Alternatively, comments can be sent by post to:

Strategic Planning and Economic Development, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.