Bolton residents to have their say on Places for Everyone

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Bolton residents are urged to have their say on a new plan for homes, jobs and sustainable growth across Greater Manchester.

A public consultation on Places for Everyone launched last week and will run until October 3.

Places for Everyone sets out what kind of development can take place across the city region and identifies key sites for future housing and commercial use up to 2037.

It has been put together by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) together with the councils in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford, Salford and Wigan.

Plans like this are a government requirement and give local people more say on what developments happen in their area.

Under the plan, sites have been identified in Bolton for future employment development.

Places for Everyone builds on earlier work preparing the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and takes into account feedback from previous consultations.

This latest consultation phase is known as a “test of soundness” and is designed to make sure the plan has been put together in line with national policies and guidelines.

Respondents will be asked whether the plan:

  • promotes economic growth and makes provision for development
  • is backed up by robust evidence
  • is based on effective and achievable policies
  • is consistent with policies at a national level

Residents, businesses and local groups are encouraged to take part in the consultation, which is the final stage before the plan is submitted to the government.

The consultation, and a virtual exhibition space providing details of the plan, are now available on the GMCA website.

Responses must be sent to the GMCA either online, by email or on paper.

Hard copies of the plan can also be viewed at Bolton Central Library, Westhoughton Library and Horwich Library.

Bolton Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Martyn Cox, said:

“The Places for Everyone plan represents a good deal for Bolton as we work to bring more jobs into the borough.

“Having a robust plan in place means we get the right types of development in the right places and also helps us resist any inappropriate developments.

“It is important that as many local people, businesses and groups as possible have their say, so I urge everyone to visit the GMCA website to share their views.”

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