Bury Local Plan

We are currently in the process of preparing anew Local Plan that will guide future development in the Borough.

What is the Bury Local Plan?

Together with the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), the Local Plan will form a key part of Bury's overall development plan and, once adopted, these documents will both be used as the basis for determining future proposals for the next 20 years or so.

Whereas the GMSF will deal with strategic planning matters that are of significance across Greater Manchester (such as identifying future levels of housing and employment growth), Bury's Local Plan will contain a range of locally-specific planning policies and identify local sites where development should be built as well as areas where development should be restricted or controlled.

Work on the GMSF is currently on-going and it is expected that a revised draft of this document will be subject to consultation shortly.

What is the latest position with the Local Plan?

Policy Directions

The Local Plan Policy Directions sets out the proposed scope and a more refined direction for the planning policies that the Local Plan will contain.

Consultation on the Policy Directions for the Bury Local Plan ended on 30 November 2018 and we will be taking all comments into account in moving onto and consulting on a draft Local Plan next year.

Stay informed, keep in touch

If you want to stay informed about all aspects of the Bury Local Plan you can register your interest by completing our online form. We'll contact you at all key stages of the plan so you can always make your views known. You'll need an email address to register online and you can unsubscribe from the service at any time by emailing your details to planning.policy@bury.gov.uk or by ringing us on 0161 253 5550.

Bury Local Plan Consultation - Stay informed

If you haven't got an email address you can opt to receive postal updates by ringing us on 0161 253 5550.

Previous stages

Key Issues and Policy Framework

Consultation on the Key Issues and Policy Framework for the Bury Local Plan and a 'Call for Sites' ended on 2 October 2017.

We have prepared a report summarising the comments made during this consultation and set out the Council's response.

Regulation 18 Notification

In March 2017, we gave formal notice of our 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 equality 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. 

The Council sought comments on the IA Scoping Report between 27 June 2016 and 1 August 2016. The comments received from both statutory consultees and the public have been reviewed and are reflected in the final scoping report.

Contact for Strategic Planning and Economic Development