Places for Everyone

The Places for Everyone (PfE) plan has been published for consultation. The consultation runs from 9 August 2021 to 3 October 2021.

Please see all information on this web page on how to view and participate in the latest stage of the plan.

What is Places for Everyone?

The Places for Everyone (PfE) plan of nine Greater Manchester local authorities (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) is a long-term plan for jobs, new homes, and sustainable growth.

Up until December 2020 a joint development plan document of the ten Greater Manchester local authorities was being prepared, Greater Manchester’s Plan for Jobs, Homes & the Environment (known as the “GMSF”). Following the decision of Stockport Council in December 2020 to withdraw from the GMSF, a new plan has been prepared; the Places for Everyone Plan. This means that the nine remaining Greater Manchester councils can plan collectively to deal with cross boundary and strategic planning issues until 2037. The GMSF 2020 was a Publication Version plan (Regulation 19) and as PfE has substantially the same effect as GMSF it starts from this stage of the plan making process.

Once adopted, the “Places for Everyone” plan will become part of the statutory development plan for each of the nine Greater Manchester authorities, including Trafford. However, the Plan will not cover everything and Trafford will still need to produce a Local Plan which will provide further detail to cover local issues and demonstrate how the framework will be delivered on the ground.

Places for Everyone (PfE) 2021

PfE 2021 is a Publication Plan (Regulation 19) consultation, a statutory stage that provides an opportunity for organisations and individuals to submit their views on the soundness of the plan (see the section ‘How to make comments on PfE 2021’ on this web page for more information).

PfE 2021 provides an important opportunity to create the conditions for inclusive economic growth, provide opportunities for provision of much needed homes and protect and enhance the natural environment. The Plan is not being prepared in isolation. It is supported by the Transport 2040 Delivery Plan, which will outline the interventions required to achieve the transport vision for the city region and is one of a suite of strategic documents setting out how the GM Local Authorities can achieve the ambition set out in the Greater Manchester Strategy. It sits alongside the Local Industrial Strategy, Housing Strategy, 5 Year Environment Plan, as well as Digital and Cultural Strategies.

PfE 2021 in Trafford

PfE 2021 contains two proposed strategic allocations in Trafford: New Carrington and Timperley Wedge.

New Carrington is a proposed allocation for 4,300 homes to be delivered in the plan period to 2037, and 5,000 homes in total. New Carrington is also proposed for 350,000 sqm of employment floorspace for industry and warehousing.

Timperley Wedge is a proposed allocation for 1,700 homes to be delivered in the plan period to 2037, and 2,500 homes in total. Timperley Wedge is also proposed for 15,000 sqm of office employment land in the Plan period to 2037 and 60,000 sqm in total.

Timperley Wedge is proposed as a cross boundary allocation in PfE 2021 as it is adjacent to Medipark in Manchester. The two proposed allocations are separate with separate policies but will benefit from shared infrastructure.

More information on both proposed Trafford strategic allocations can be found in the New Carrington Fact Sheet and the Timperley Wedge Fact Sheet.

Consultation on PfE 2021

How to view PfE 2021

The consultation is being hosted on www.gmconsult.org where you can access the relevant documents, including supporting topic papers, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and background information and give your responses to the proposals.

A hard copy of PfE 2021 may also be viewed at the following locations during normal opening hours:

  • Altrincham Library
  • Coppice Library
  • Old Trafford Library
  • Partington Library
  • Sale Library
  • Stretford Library
  • Urmston Library
  • Woodsend Library

More information is available on our libraries pages.

How to make comments on PfE 2021

Representations at this stage should only relate to PfE 2021 and its supporting/evidence base documents which have been published alongside it. Comments made previously, during stages of consultation in relation to the GMSF, have been summarised in the Statement of Consultation report, which will form part of the submission documentation.

Whilst representations may be made on any point in respect of PfE 2021 and its supporting/evidence base documents, only those pertaining to the four tests of soundness will be taken into account by the Inspector at the Examination.

The four tests of soundness are:

  1. Positively prepared – providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;

  2. Justified – an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;

  3. Effective – deliverable over the plan period, and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and

  4. Consistent with national policy – enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Comments are also invited on whether the nine local authorities have provided the necessary evidence and complied with the requirements arising from the duty to co-operate, which places a duty on local planning authorities to engage constructively with one another to maximise the effectiveness of local plans.

Submitting comments

For information on how to submit comments please visit the Greater Manchester consultation hub.

If you cannot access this information online, please call 0161 778 7006, where you can leave your name and telephone number on an answerphone and someone will return your call.

All comments must be received by Sunday 3 October 2021 at 23:45.

If you require any further information on the consultation please do not hesitate to contact the Greater Manchester Planning Team as above.

If you would like to discuss a Trafford specific issue or allocation in detail please contact the Trafford Strategic Planning team at strategic.planning@trafford.gov.uk

Your comments and the PfE Examination

Once the period for making representations finishes, it is intended to submit the PfE 2021 Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government so that it can be assessed through an Examination in Public by an appointed Planning Inspector(s).

It will be the role of the Independent Planning Inspector(s) to examine whether the plan meets the tests of soundness and meets all the relevant legislative requirements. All representations received before the deadline of 3rd October 2021 will be submitted electronically to the Secretary of State for consideration by the Planning Inspector(s) as part of the Examination in Public. Comments and names will be published. Full details of how your information will be shared can be found in the PfE 2021 Privacy Notice.

How to participate in the Examination

By using the response form at Greater Manchester’s consultation hub you will be asked if you wish to participate in the Examination and whether you wish to be notified of any of the following:

  • Submission of the PfE 2021 for Independent Examination.
  • Publication of the Inspector’s Report on the Examination of the PfE 2021.
  • The Adoption of the PfE 2021

Alternatively, if you make representations by email or by letter, you should state whether you wish to participate in the Examination and/or be kept informed of the progress of PfE 2021.

Next steps

Once the consultation on the Regulation 19 PfE 2021 ends, the plan, and all comments duly made on it, will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination. If the plan is successful at examination it will become part of the adopted Development Plan for Trafford.

Approvals process for PfE 2021

The Places for Everyone Joint Planning Committee met on 20 July 2021, where it agreed the terms of reference including appointment of authorities for the formulation, and preparation of the joint development plan on behalf of the nine authorities. The report can be viewed on the Places for Everyone Joint Committee 2021/2022 page.

The Trafford Council Executive approved the PfE 2021 for Regulation 19 consultation at the Executive Meeting on 26 July 2021. Trafford Council subsequently approved PfE 2021 for submission to the Secretary of State, following the consultation period, at its Full Council Meeting on 28 July 2021

Supporting documents for PfE 2021 can be viewed on the GMCA Places for Everyone web page.

Data protection

Please note all comments will be held by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and will be available to view publicly. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information, such as your postal and e-mail address will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority maintains a database of consultees who wish to be kept informed about the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. In responding to this consultation your contact details will automatically be added to the consultation database. If you do not want to be contacted about future Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultations please state this in your response.