How can you find out more and have your say on the GMSF?

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Page updated on 21 January 2019.

How can I find out more on the revised draft GMSF?

The revised draft was approved by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on 11 January 2019. It will be subject to an eight-week period of consultation which runs between Monday 21 January and midnight on Monday 18 March 2019.

The GMSF document is now available at GM Consultation Hub and further supporting information and background evidence will be added to this web site for the start of the formal consultation period on 21 January.

In addition, from the 21 January you will also be able to view paper copies of the GMSF at the Planning Division reception (Ground Floor, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury) between the hours of 8.45am and 4.00pm (Monday to Friday), Bury Town Hall between the hours of 8.45am and 5.00pm (Monday to Friday) and at local libraries during their normal opening hours (see Libraries and archives and Tottington Centre for details).

During the consultation period, the Council will be holding a series of local drop-in events to enable interested parties to view the GMSF's proposals for the borough and to discuss these in more detail with officers. Drop-in events have been arranged as follows:

Drop-in sessions
Elizabethan Suite,
Bury Town Hall,
Knowsley Street,
Bury BL9 0SW
Wednesday 30 January 201912 noon to 8pm
Elton High School,
Walshaw Road,
Bury BL8 1RN
Monday 4 February 20194pm to 8pm
Longfield Centre,
off Rectory Lane,
Prestwich M25 1AY
Wednesday 6 February 20192pm to 8pm
Radcliffe Market Hall,
Blackburn Street,
Radcliffe M26 1PN
Monday 11 February 20192pm to 8pm
Castlebrook High School,
Parr Lane,
Bury BL9 8LP
Tuesday 12 February 20194pm to 8pm
Elizabethan Suite,
Bury Town Hall,
Knowsley Street,
Bury BL9 0SW
Wednesday 6 March 201912 noon to 8pm

What has been done to publicise consultation on the revised draft GMSF?

The Council's Statement of Community Involvement is on at Statement of Community Involvement. This sets out how the Council will involve the community in the preparation of planning documents including the GMSF as well as in processing planning applications. It was adopted in October 2015.

In respect of the Council's responsibilities, the Bury SCI makes the following statements. Alongside this is an explanation of what the Council has or will do to meet each requirement.

Bury SCI statements
Bury's SCI states:What we will do:
Material made available on the Council's web site, in Council offices at Knowsley Place Reception, Town Hall Reception and selected local libraries.Material will be made available on the Council's web site, in Council Offices at Knowsley Place reception, Town Hall reception, Tottington Centre and the following local libraries:
  • Bury Central
  • Prestwich
  • Radcliffe Central
  • Ramsbottom Library
Send letters and emails to database contacts, including targeted consultation letters for key community groups. The Council may consider more targeted consultation where residents may be more directly affected by proposals.Letters sent to all households in the Borough with ward-specific information on how proposals will affect residents.
Letters or emails sent to all non-Bury households on database in order to avoid duplication.
Drop in sessions are arranged in the areas that have development proposals.
Advertise via social media on Facebook and Twitter.Bury Council's Twitter account (@burycouncil) will post regular information and notify followers of the consultation including forthcoming events, how they can find out more and make comments.
Bury Planning's Twitter account (@buryplanning) and Facebook page will share this information with its followers.
Where possible, place articles in:
  • local newspapers;
  • 'Planzine' - the department's e-newsletter sent to a database of contacts and
  • Using other online news sources as appropriate.
Articles and a Public Notice have been placed in the Bury and Radcliffe Times and appeared on their web site.
An issue of Planzine will cover the GMSF consultation.
Coverage of the GMSF has also appeared on the Place North West web site.
Use posters on notice boards in prominent locations including town centres, civic suites, markets, leisure centres and public open spaces.Posters to be placed at the following locations:
  • Town centre notice boards and key locations
  • Bury and Radcliffe Markets
  • All civic suites
  • All leisure centres
  • Parks notice boards
  • Notice boards at NHS public buildings.
Advertise on TV screens at Council buildings.Adverts will be on TV screens at Council buildings for the duration of the consultation.
Advertise via Township Forums [now Neighbourhood Engagement Meetings] and other community group meetings as appropriate.There are no specific Neighbourhood Engagement Meetings during the consultation period but the Council will be available to attend community group meetings, as appropriate.
Hold key stakeholder discussions and forums.The Council will hold six drop-in sessions during the consultation period (see previous).
Officer meetings with authorities and agencies under 'Duty to Co-operate' event.Officers will be available to meet with authorities and agencies to discuss as appropriate.

What activities are the Greater Manchester Combined Authority carrying out in order to meet the Statement of Community Involvement?

Separately, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) will also:

Greater Manchester Combined Authority activity
To doWhat the GMCA will do
Contact appropriate organisations and individuals directly, by email or by post.GMCA will contact persons on their database of those users who registered during the previous public consultation in Winter 2016/17 via email or post.
GMCA have contacted these persons in late 2018 to ensure they are subscribed to the mailing list for the Spatial Framework e-newsletter.
Publicise consultations by methods such as the AGMA [now GMCA] website and each of the ten districts' web sites, press releases, social media, meetings and workshops.Media launch event and press releases were issued on 7 January.
'Citizen Space' consultation portal at GM Consultation Hub made live on 14 January.
Press releases and messaging will be ongoing throughout the consultation via the GMCA Twitter account on the Spatial Framework (@GMSpatialFrame).
Make consultation documents available on the AGMA [now GMCA] website and each of the ten districts' websites, at the principal office of each of the ten districts and at selected public libraries.Documents will be made available at GM Consultation Hub and will also be available on the Council's website and at deposit points, as referenced above.
Publish comments received, or a summary of them, as soon as possible and explain how they have been taken into account in preparing the plan.A report summarising the comments received will be made available on the GMCA website following the public consultation.

GMCA will undertake an extensive communications campaign and this will be supplemented by Bury Council's own local publicity.

How can I have my say on the revised draft GMSF?

All comments on the revised draft of the GMSF should be made to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The easiest way to respond is online - it counts just as much as a postal submission and is easy to do. You can access the online consultation at GM Consultation Hub.

However, it is acknowledged that some people prefer to respond by email or post. If you want to respond by email or post, please send your completed response:

If you decide to respond by email or post, please include the following information:

  • Name and contact details - please give your name and at least one way for us to get in touch with you (e.g. your phone number, email address, or postal address).
  • Organisation - please specify if you are representing an organisation or group and how they can be contacted.
  • What you are commenting on - please specify which part of the plan you are commenting on - including the question, chapter name and the reference number of the policy you're referring to. If known, please also provide page and paragraph numbers If talking about a particular site, please use the same site name/description used in the plan itself. If you have comments about more than one part of the document then set them out separately.
  • Your comments - please specify what you do or don't like about the part of the plan you are commenting on and include the reasons why.
  • Suggestions and/or alternatives - please specify if you have better ideas or alternative proposals, stating why you think your approach is better and how it will help us achieve the aims of the plan.

All duly made comments must be received by no later than midnight on Monday 18 March 2019.

Comments are unable to be recorded or considered if they:

  • are made verbally;
  • are made in person;
  • are made by telephone;
  • are posted onto any social media web pages, including our own or GMCA pages; or
  • contain offensive, defamatory or discriminatory language.

Can I respond anonymously?

Unfortunately, anonymous consultation responses cannot be accepted. In order for us to consider your comments as part of the formal planning process, we need to be able to contact you - just your name and an email address is enough.

Can I respond more than once?

Please do not respond more than once. If you respond online, there is no need to also send something through the post, and vice-versa. During analysis of the feedback we will be checking for duplicate responses and removing these.

How do I submit a petition and how will it be treated?

If you are submitting a petition, please send your completed petitions:

Each petition will be registered as a single response and the number of people who have signed up to it will be recorded, but not their individual names and contact details.

What happens next?

Following this consultation, all the responses will be reviewed and considered in terms of whether there is a need to revise the plan in light of what you've said.

The timetable for progressing the GMSF is:

  • 21 January 2019 - first phase of consultation begins.
  • 18 March - first phase of consultation closes.
  • Analysis and publication of feedback and responses before second phase of consultation begins.
  • Autumn 2019 - second phase of consultation begins.
  • March 2020 - planning inspectors check our consultation processes and what has been done with the feedback (examination phase)
  • December 2020 - publication of the final plan ready to roll out

When and how will the results of this consultation be published?

Before the second phase of consultation begins in autumn 2019, the results and feedback from this initial consultation will be analysed and published. These will be available to view on GM Consultation Hub.

You can download a PDF of these frequently asked questions: pdf icon How can you find out more and have your say on the GMSF? (updated 21 January) [244kb].

Contact for Strategic Planning and Economic Development