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

Consultation on the Key Issues and Policy Framework for the new Bury Local Plan and a 'Call for Sites' ended on 2 October 2017 and we will now be assessing all comments and suggested sites and taking these into account when moving on to the preparation of a draft Local Plan for Bury.

Previous stages

Key issues and policy framework

We undertook consultation on the Key Issues and Policy Framework, supporting Topic Papers and 'Call for Sites' for an eight-week period running from 7 August to 2 October 2017.

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.