Bury Local Plan

We are commencing preparation of a new Local Plan for Bury which will, once adopted, replace the Council's current Unitary Development Plan. It will guide the future growth and development of the borough and its policies and proposals will form the basis for making future decisions on planning applications.

The Local Plan will form part of Bury's wider Development Plan alongside the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) and the Greater Manchester Joint Minerals and Waste Plans.

In accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 the Council is now giving formal notice of its intentions to prepare the Local Plan and the subject of this, detailed within the notice below and invites views about what the Local Plan ought to contain.

If you would like to comment on the proposed subject and scope of the Local Plan these should be submitted during the 6 week consultation period that runs from 6 March to 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.

All comments should be sent no later than 17:00 on Monday 17 April 2017.

If you would like to be kept informed of future stages in the preparation of the Local Plan or the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, then please contact us.

Integrated Appraisal (IA) Scoping Report

The Scoping Report is the first stage in preparing an Integrated Assessment Report for Bury's Local Plan. Under Section 19 (5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, a Sustainability Appraisal, which should also incorporate a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), is required for all Development Plan Documents (such as the Bury Local Plan).

The Scoping Report sets the context for the Integrated Appraisal by:

  • Identifying other plans, policies and programmes that may influence the content of the Local Plan;
  • Gathering relevant background information to inform the Local Plan;
  • Identifying social, environmental and economic issues that need to be addressed; and
  • Developing a framework to appraise the Local Plan to identify the key sustainability effects.

In addition to these requirements, the IA will also consider the equalities and health impacts of the policies in the Local Plan. The integrated approach avoids the need to undertake and report on separate assessments, seeks to reduce any duplication of assessment work and benefits from a shared understanding of the policies.