Residents have the chance to have their say on a new plan for Bolton that shows how sites could be used in the future.
Bolton Council has produced its draft Allocations Plan which shows where land will be used for building over the next 15 years.
It identifies a wide range of new housing sites across the borough. The plan shows new sites for jobs and includes a map showing the proposed boundary of the Cutacre development. Other areas for infrastructure such as health facilities are also shown.
The plan also provides information about land that should be protected from development such as the green belt or areas prone to flooding.
It allows people to see what the effect of such developments would be and the final Allocations Plan will help to guide planning applications on a site-by-site basis.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, said: “The council adopted the Core Strategy in March, which sets out how we want Bolton to look in the future up to 2026. The Allocations Plan will enable us to implement the Core Strategy.
“We are seeking views on the content of the plan and it’s a chance for people to influence what could happen in each part of Bolton. We will then look at all the comments we receive and make some changes before we publish a revised plan. At this stage the public can again give their feedback.”
A site listed for development does not mean that it will necessarily be carried through to a formal planning application.
The plan is available on the council website for comments. Paper copies of the plan are available in the One Stop Shop at Bolton Town Hall, in libraries and at area offices.
The consultation is open until January 27, 2012 and a revised plan will be published in July. Following another period of consultation, the plan will be submitted to the government next December for approval, with a view to the council adopting the plan in September 2013.