Public consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has been extended until January 16, 2017.
Bolton Council and neighbouring authorities have been consulting on the first draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework since October 31.
Drop-in events have taken place locally and across the region, and more than 32,000 people have looked at the consultation website to find out more about the proposals and how to respond to the draft plan.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is keen to make sure that everyone who wants to has the opportunity to take part in the consultation and have extends the consultation until Monday, January 16.
The draft GMSF sets out how much housing and employment land is needed up to the year 2035 and identifies a number of strategic sites across Greater Manchester to help in meeting these requirements.
Around two thirds – 10,000 - of the proposed 16,800 homes in Bolton are proposed on urban sites, the majority of which are brownfield.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Ebrahim Adia, said: “This consultation is a chance for residents to help shape the future of Bolton and the wider city-region.
“Our intention is to develop a long term strategy where development is supported with the requisite infrastructure, rather than ad-hoc development on greenbelt through the appeals process.
“By extending the deadline it gives people even more opportunity to have their say.”
The second draft will be published in 2017 and there will be further consultation around this and then again before the plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination in 2018.
The deadline for comments is 23.59 on Monday, January 16. Have your say at: https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/info/20081/draft_plan
Responses to the consultation can also be made by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
; or by post to: Greater Manchester Integrated Support Team, PO Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA.