A major review of Manchester City Council’s local development plan is to get underway with an eight-week public consultation next month.
The overarching plan sets out key guidelines for all development across the city, including new homes. Once completed, the new local plan will replace the city’s current core strategy and underpin new development for the next 15 to 20 years.
This is the first major review of the city’s development plan since 2012. The council says it will help respond to a range of emerging strategic issues, such as housing demand, transport infrastructure, neighbourhoods that promote healthy lifestyles, and achieving a zero carbon Manchester by 2038.
“Developing a new local plan is a vital process that will shape where new homes will be built, where new employment opportunities will be created, what amenities are needed – such as schools and healthcare – and the transport infrastructure that connect the entire city,” said Councillor Angeliki Stogia, the council’s executive member for environment, planning and transport.
“This is a plan that will touch all of our lives in the next two decades, so we are keen to hear from as many people as possible about the issues they face – as well as potential options to improve them – and make sure everyone has a chance to shape our city.”
The local plan will also account for the council’s Our Manchester Strategy, the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Greater Manchester’s new devolved planning powers.
An initial eight-week public consultation will begin on Friday, 7 February. The public and businesses will be able to take part in further consultation opportunities throughout the process, the council said.
A draft plan is expected to be prepared by winter 2020/21 for public consultation. A final plan will be published in summer/autumn of 2021 for a formal statutory consultation, ahead of submission to the Government.