Bury Local Plan

We have commenced preparation of a new Local Plan for Bury. The Local Plan will set out a range of planning policies that will seek to support or restrict development up to 2035 and will zone land for specific uses. Once adopted, it will replace the current Unitary Development Plan which was adopted in 1997.

The Local Plan will sit alongside and complement the adopted Greater Manchester Minerals and Waste plans and the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF). Whereas the GMSF deals with strategic planning matters that are of significance at the Greater Manchester level, Bury's Local Plan will, within the context of the GMSF, guide and manage future growth and development at the local level. The Local Plan will be used as the basis for determining future planning applications, which will need to be in conformity with it.

Consultation recently took place on a draft GMSF which included proposals for an amended Green Belt for Greater Manchester and the identification of a number of strategic site allocations for housing and employment development. These are issues that will continue to be dealt with through the GMSF process, rather than the Local Plan.

Latest position

Key issues and policy framework

We have now reached an important early stage in the preparation of the Local Plan and we are now seeking your views on the key issues that you think the Local Plan should address. In particular, we are seeking your views on whether:

  • the key issues are the right issues that the Local Plan should be seeking to address
  • there are any omissions from the key issues or amendments needed
  • the vision is an appropriate reflection of how the borough should be in 2035
  • the proposed policy framework is appropriate

You can also view the Key Issues and Policy Framework report at the Planning Division reception (Ground Floor, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury) between the hours of 8.45am to 4.00pm (Monday to Friday), Bury Town Hall between the hours of 8.45am to 5.00pm (Monday to Friday) and at the following public libraries during their normal opening hours:

We are also seeking your views on a series of more detailed Topic Papers that will form part of the evidence to support the Local Plan and which have highlighted what we feel are the key issues that the Local Plan should seek to address. The Topic Papers cover the following:

Call for sites

In addition, we are also undertaking a call for sites exercise, as required by national planning policy. The purpose of the call for sites is to try to identify land that is suitable for a range of developments and / or for protection. In particular, we are keen to gather local evidence on any brownfield sites that we may not be aware of that could be used for development.

In order for us to gather the necessary information on sites, we would encourage you to complete an official call for sites form and accompany this with a plan of the site clearly showing its boundary.

Complete the call for sites form

Responding to the key issues, supporting evidence and the 'call for sites'

We are keen to promote the submission of comments and suggested sites electronically and would encourage anyone with access to email to make their responses in this way. Responses by email should be sent to: planning.policy@bury.gov.uk. Alternatively, comments can be sent by post to:

Development Plans Unit,
Strategic Planning and Economic Development,
3 Knowsley Place,

Duke Street,
Bury, BL9 0EJ.

We are seeking your views over an eight-week period running from Monday 7 August 2017 to 5.00pm on Monday 2 October 2017.

Previous stages

Regulation 18 Notification

In March 2017, the Council gave formal notice of its intentions to prepare the Local Plan in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 and invites views on what the Local Plan ought to contain. Comments received have been taken into account during the preparation of the Key Issues and Policy Framework.

We have prepared a report summarising the comments that were made during this consultation:

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.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Development Plans on 0161 253 5550 or email planning.policy@bury.gov.uk if you require further information on the Local Plan.