Places for Everyone

Nine councils in Greater Manchester have now submitted the Places for Everyone plan to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The plan has been submitted together with all the supporting documents, background evidence, and representations received during the final stage of public consultation, which took place from 9 August to 3 October 2021. Please note that no modifications were considered necessary prior to submission, therefore the Submission Plan remains unchanged from that published under Regulation 19 in August 2021.

Independent Inspectors will now be appointed to undertake an independent examination into the plan.

For further information and to view the Submission Documents please see the GMCA PfE Submission web page.

PfE Examination in Public

The PfE Examination in Public will be held by an independent planning inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State. They will ‘test’ the document to see if it meets the requirements of the relevant legislation and to see if it is ‘sound’. Soundness is tested by considering whether the document is justified; effective and consistent with national policy.

The four tests of soundness are:

a. 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;

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

c. 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

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

If the plan is successful at examination it will become part of the adopted Development Plan for Trafford.

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.

PfE 2021 in Trafford

PfE 2021 included 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 have 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.

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