Places for Everyone is a long term plan by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) which would allocate land for new sustainable homes, jobs and infrastructure.
GMCA, on behalf of the ten districts of Greater Manchester first devised the policy in 2016 under the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) proposals, which were extensively consulted on, with many viewing the policy as controversial, particularly in relation to the designation of green belt land for development.
In 2020, Stockport withdrew from GMSF and questions were asked whether the policy could continue. The GMCA decided to proceed with a revised plan on behalf of the 9 remaining boroughs, Places for Everyone, which was consulted on with the final consultation closing on 3 October 2021.
The plan has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for Levelling up, Housing and Communities and will be independently examined until March 2023.
In December 2022, the Secretary of State for Levelling up, Housing and Communities announced there would be a review of National Planning Policy Framework. This sets out the Government’s planning policies for England, which could have an impact on the Places for Everyone plan.
It was reported in January 2023 that Bury are considering withdrawing from Places for Everyone as there are concerns over the allocation of green belt land in the region under the plan.
There are therefore still questions surrounding Places for Everyone and whether it will ultimately go ahead or not.
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