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 and the Environment (known as the 'GMSF').

The GMSF 2020 had reached the Regulation 19 (Publication) stage of the process. However, the withdrawal of Stockport Council from GMSF signalled its end as a joint plan for the ten Greater Manchester districts. 

The remaining nine districts (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) have subsequently chosen to proceed with a joint plan for jobs, new homes and sustainable growth across their boroughs. This plan is to be known as 'Places for Everyone'.

Places for Everyone will establish a planning framework to provide the right homes, in the right places, for people across Greater Manchester (including Oldham) up to 2037.

It's also about creating jobs and improving infrastructure across the nine districts to ensure the future prosperity of Greater Manchester.

Places for Everyone – Submission and Current progress

On 14 February 2022, the Places for Everyone Joint Plan and other supporting documents (including all representations received in relation to the Places for Everyone Publication Plan 2021) were submitted to the Secretary of State under Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

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

This follows consultation on two previous drafts of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), in 2016 and 2019 and an invitation for representations on the Places for Everyone Publication Plan between 9 August and 3 October 2021.

The Places for Everyone submission documents are available to view below: 

The documents can also be viewed online in local libraries, details of which are included in the Notice of Submission

Places for Everyone - the next steps

The Places for Everyone Joint Development Plan Document will now be subject to an independent examination to be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. This process begins from the date of submission until receipt of the appointed Planning Inspectors Report. The Planning Inspectorate has published guidance about the examination process, which may be of interest and is available below:

Once details of the examination process are confirmed they will be advertised and made available online at: 

The Places for Everyone 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:

  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.

If the plan is successful at examination Places for Everyone will become part of the adopted Local Plan for Oldham.

Places for Everyone - Publication Plan 2021 Consultation

The Publication Plan 2021 Public Consultation has now closed.