Bolton’s Allocations Plan has reached a crucial stage.
The plan shows how sites could be used for developments such as new housing, new sites for jobs, and health facilities during the next 15 years.
It also highlights areas which should be protected, for example because they are important for wildlife, are used as recreational open space, or are in the Green Belt.
The council has consulted residents about the draft plan twice previously and several amendments have been made. These include the deletion of a number of proposed housing sites, adding some new potential sites, and amending some policies to reflect the government’s new national planning policy framework.
The amended version has now been published and is available on the council website and in libraries, where there are forms for people to make comments about the plan.
This is the opportunity to have a say on the way an area is developing during the next few years.
Comments can be made about the published plan from July 1 until August 16. Once the consultation has finished, the council will submit the plan to the Secretary of State. If approved, the plan will then be taken into account fully in planning decisions.
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of the Council said: “The Allocations Plan is an important document for the development of the borough, highlighting the areas which are most suitable for particular types of development.
“It also highlights the areas which are protected from development. We have consulted widely in developing the plan and this is another chance for people to have their say.”