Residents are being urged to have their say on plans which will shape Bolton for the years to come.
Bolton Council is asking for views on the Core Strategy plan being published this month.
The development of the borough up to 2026 is outlined in the draft report and a six week formal consultation process starts on Monday, January 18 ending on Friday, March 5.
The Core Strategy will affect the lives of everyone in the borough and will guide how land is to be used to provide jobs, homes, shopping, leisure, and health services, and how people can get around.
The strategy sets out broad locations for delivering strategic development needs such as housing, employment, retail, leisure, community facilities, essential public services and transport development.
The report has been drafted in the light of feedback already received through a number of consultations.
The document proposes that much of the new development will be focused in the inner areas of Bolton and Farnworth, especially in Bolton town centre.
The Core Strategy identifies a broad location for employment land at Cutacre. Following feedback from residents, the proposal for the amount of green belt required for industrial development has been reduced by almost two thirds.
The report also identifies a site at Horwich Loco Works for employment and housing development.
The new strategy will replace parts of the existing Unitary Development Plan, which was adopted in 2005. It will also help to inform decisions on planning applications.
Councillor John Byrne, Executive Member for Development, Regeneration and Skills, said: “The core strategy is an important document which outlines how land is to be used across the borough for years to come. It is a key element in turning our economic ambitions for Bolton into reality.”
He added: “We have already consulted informally with residents, developers, land owners, businesses, voluntary groups and other organisations, and welcome views on the strategy before its taken to the next stage. Feedback has told us that it is important to find a balance between brownfield and greenfield development; to provide affordable housing in suitable locations, to regenerate deprived areas; and to protect green open space.”
Once the final draft is agreed it will be sent to the government, a planning inspector will then hold a public hearing into the Core Strategy and their recommendations will be incorporated before it’s adopted in 2011.
The Core Strategy is available at your local library or council office, including Bolton Town Hall, and online - see link above.