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We are currently in the process of preparing a new Local Plan that will guide future development in the borough.

Together with the Places for Everyone (PfE) joint development plan, 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 PfE will deal with strategic planning matters that are of significance across the Joint Plan area (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 PfE is currently on-going and it is expected that a revised draft of this document will be subject to consultation shortly.

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 30th November 2018 and we will be taking all comments into account in moving onto and consulting on a draft Local Plan in the summer.

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

History of the Bury Local Plan

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

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.

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.

We have prepared reports that summarise the comments made during this consultation and set out the Council's response.