Oldham is one of 10 Greater Manchester local authorities working together on a joint plan to ensure enough homes, businesses and jobs are provided in every area for our growing regional population.

This plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment was previously called the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework or GMSF.

The new draft plan was approved by council leaders on January 11, 2019 and is now out to public consultation.

What is the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)

The GMSF sets out plans to make Greater Manchester one of the best places to live and work in the world.

It aims to provide thousands of new homes, jobs and infrastructure in the right places for people.

It is designed to support the growth of the city region and deliver major development in the ten council districts that make up Greater Manchester up to 2037.

It also identifies the new infrastructure such as transport, schools, health centres and utility networks required to achieve this.

A first draft of the framework first went out to public consultation in 2016 and the proposals have since been revised based on the feedback received.

The plan has also been put together in the context of the Government's housing target for our borough. From 2018-2037 we must have supply and plans to deliver 752 new homes each year to meet our housing needs.

How do I look at and comment on the new plan?

There are several ways to have your say on the plans. Firstly, you can view the plan and all the supporting documents.

To have your say you can:

The public consultation is running for eight weeks and all comments must be received by March 18 2019.
Copies of the documents will be available for public inspection at the following locations from Monday, January 21 onwards

Civic Centre, Access Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UH.

Opening hours for Access Oldham are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8.40am -5pm, Wednesday 9:30am 5pm

Local public libraries will also have copies of the documents at:

  • Chadderton Library and Wellbeing Centre
  • Crompton Library
  • Delph Library
  • Failsworth Library
  • Fitton Hill Library
  • Greenfield Library
  • Lees Library Community Hub
  • Limehurst Library
  • Northmoor Library
  • Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre
  • Royton Library
  • Uppermill Library

All library locations and opening hours can be found on our Find a library page.

Drop-in sessions

We are holding a series of consultation events across the borough to allow people to view the documents and talk to planners.

If you wish, you may book a timeslot in advance on an appointment basis by calling 0161 770 4061 / 3843 / 1672 or sending an email to spi@oldham.gov.uk

Local events confirmed to date (January 18) are:

  • Cowlishaw – Monday 28 January  4pm-7.30pm – Crompton Primary School, Longfield Road, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 7HD
  • Ashton Road cluster area – Wednesday 30 January 4pm-8pm – Honeywell Centre,  Hadfield Street, Oldham, OL8 3BP
  • Kingsway South area (formerly NG3 site)  - Thursday 31 January 3pm-7pm – Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre, High Street, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 8TB
  • Woodhouses – Monday 4 February  6.30pm-9.30pm – Woodhouses Primary School, Ashton Road, Failsworth, Manchester, M35 9WL
  • Broadbent Moss* (including Spinners Way) – Wednesday 6 February 5pm-7pm – Sholver Community Centre, Sholver Lane, Oldham, OL1 4NT
  • Hanging Chadder/Thornham Old Road – Thursday 7 February 4pm-7.45 pm– Thornham St James Primary School, Castleton Road, Royton, Oldham, OL2 6XT
  • Broadbent Moss* (including Spinners Way) – Tuesday 12 February 3.30-7.30pm – East Oldham Methodist Church, 28 Ripponden Road, Oldham, OL4 2RY
  • Stakehill (formerly NG2 site)  - Wednesday 13 February 4pm-7.30pm – St Matthews Primary School, Chadderton Hall Road, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9BN
  • Robert Fletcher’s Mill – Thursday 14 February 4pm-7.30pm – Greenfield Methodist Church, Chew Valley Road, Greenfield, OL3 7JJ
  • Beal Valley – Tuesday 19 February 3.30pm-7.30pm – Heyside Cricket Club, Little Hey St, Royton, Oldham OL2 6ND
  • Oldham – Tuesday 26 February 11am–2pm and 4pm–7pm at Oldham Civic Centre, Lees Suite (access via Rochdale Road Reception).

*Two sessions have been arranged for the proposed strategic allocation at Broadbent Moss due to the scale of the development.

All Greater Manchester events can be found on the consultation platform www.gmconsult.org

How will Oldham benefit from this plan?

The plan seeks to deliver what we need for Oldham to grow and prosper alongside the rest of Greater Manchester.

Benefits include:

  • Having a plan for the future to make this a more prosperous place where people want to live and work
  • Creating a better housing offer for all with plans for more than 4,000 new homes, including a range of affordable, social rent and aspirational housing
  • Reducing the impact of greenbelt land by using more sites within the urban area like Oldham town centre and public transport hubs, plus adding around 10 hectares on four new sites to the greenbelt in Oldham
  • Giving residents better access to more high-value and higher-paid jobs by improving our employment and transport offer and attracting new investment – the proposed allocations will provide just under 350,000sq m of new employment floorspace 
  • Creating sustainable communities with a good quality of life that is backed up by the infrastructure they need, like good schools and GP surgeries
  • Planning to give the youth of today the best opportunities and choice in the future and stopping the drain of our most talented and productive residents
  • Attracting new skilled residents by making Oldham an attractive place with a great cultural and environmental offer
  • Producing an additional £2.5 million in Council Tax revenue to support services. 

What sites are proposed for development now and how have the plans changed following the first draft and consultation in 2016?

We have worked hard to reduce the loss of greenbelt land within the borough of Oldham.

Although there are four new sites added into our borough we have reduced the size of other developments. The first draft of the framework in 2016 proposed the proportion of greenbelt in the borough be reduced from 43.9% to 40.9%. The second draft of the framework proposess the greenbelt only be reduced by 2.57% to 41.43%.

The new plan also puts sites at Dacres, Wall Hill, Stoneswood and behind Denshaw village hall into the greenbelt.

There are 10 site allocations in Oldham which provide land for more than 4,000 homes. As part of the Northern Gateway development the largest employment opportunity in the plans there are also two cross-boundary developments with Rochdale at Stakehill and Kingsway South.

The new proposed strategic allocations for Oldham are explained below:

Allocation name

Site area -approx


Developable area - approx




Comments and changes since 2016


44 (for Oldham)

42 (for Oldham)


149,000sqm (for Oldham)

Around 250,000 sqm of employment land in total (Around 149,000 sqm in Oldham). Around 900 homes (In Rochdale only). The Oldham portion of the site will be released from the greenbelt.

Kingsway South




700 (around 518 in Oldham)

Revised version reduces residential take. Approximately 119 ha of the site will be released from the greenbelt and 76 ha of the site will remain designated as greenbelt.


310,000sqm (around 180,000sqm in Oldham)

Broadbent Moss





Significantly less employment space now proposed and residential increased by around half. 2016 Plan was for 1,000 homes and 50,000 sqm employment space.

52 ha of land will be released from the greenbelt (including a small portion of land outside of the allocation boundary to the south). Approximately 25 ha of the site (south of Cop Road) will remain protected as greenbelt. Around 880 dwellings will be deliverable during the plan period.






Beal Valley





Significantly reduced residential from original 900 homes.

Approximately 42 ha is to be released from the greenbelt, with the Metrolink line becoming the new greenbelt boundary.






Reduced residential from 640 in 2016 GMSF.

Site is designated as Other Protected Open Land (OPOL). The site will be removed as OPOL.


Hanging Chadder





Significantly reduced residential take from 600 homes in 2016 GMSF.


The site will be removed from the greenbelt, with 6.7 ha of land outside of the allocation also being removed from the greenbelt but protected as Green Infrastructure.

Thornham Old Road





Reconfigured site with elements previously facing and fronting onto Tandle Hill now removed from the plan.

The site will be removed from the greenbelt, alongside around 4.4 ha of land outside of the site allocation boundary.

Robert Fletchers





Site has reduced in size from 2016 GMSF with the redundant paper mill put forward for a mix of tourism-related commercial, leisure and retail uses. This includes shops and cafes, with around 2,500 sqm employment floorspace at Waterside Mill.


Around 15 ha of the site will remain designated as greenbelt. The 8,500 sqm employment floor space includes 6,000 sqm mixed-use leisure uses and a small expansion to the existing holiday lodges.

Employment / Mixed-use


Spinners Way





New site added since 2016 with affordable housing provision, and investment for additional school places plus health and community facilities.

Site is designated as greenbelt and would be removed from the greenbelt as part of the development of the site. 0.44 ha of greenbelt outside of the site allocation will also be released.

Land south of Rosary Road





New site added since 2016 GMSF with provision for affordable housing. Approximately 0.29 ha of the site will remain as greenbelt to protect the Site of Biological Importance (SBI) located at the eastern boundary.

Ashton Road Corridor





New site added since 2016. 260 new homes to be delivered across two small sites - one in Limehurst, immediately on Tameside border, and one north of Coal Pit Lane, bordering Hathershaw. Greenbelt will need to be released for development of the site.

Woodhouses Cluster





New site added since GMSF 2016 with three parcels of land. 260 new homes to be delivered across three sites. Greenbelt will need to be released for development of the site.

Indicative concept plans

High-level indicative concept plans have been prepared for the proposed strategic allocations at Cowlishaw, Hanging Chadder, Beal Valley, Broadbent Moss and Robert Fletcher’s Mill.

These illustrate how the site(s) may come forward if they are developed. Where possible, the plans have incorporated the feedback we received from the local communities during the previous consultation, to help shape the areas and the level of development that may be accommodated on the site.

Please note that these are high-level indicative concept plans. These are likely to change with the preparation of more detailed masterplans and in conjunction with a future developer’s planning application should the site(s) come forward. 

Please do #yourbit 

We actively encourage anyone and everyone with views to take part in the GMSF consultation through attending the drop-in sessions or submitting your comments online at:

We need your views and voices to help us shape a better plan that has taken the views of all local residents and stakeholders into account.