Bolton Council are working with the nine other local authorities in Greater Manchester to develop a new spatial framework and the draft plan has just been published for consultation.

Over the next twenty years there is a need to deliver continued sustainable economic growth, creating more jobs and new homes for the people of Greater Manchester.

The ten local authorities in Greater Manchester are working together on a joint plan called the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF). This is being prepared to ensure that new homes and jobs are provided in the right places with the transport (roads, rail and public transport) and infrastructure to support the communities and manage growth sustainability.

The draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework sets out:

  • How much housing and employment land is needed up to 2035.
  • A number of strategic sites across Greater Manchester to assist in meeting these requirements.
  • The importance of infrastructure such as health, education, transport, green spaces and utilities to support neighbourhoods and employment.
  • Ways to protect and improve the natural environment.

A draft vision and a set of strategic objectives for the Framework were produced during 2015. In addition, a number of strategic options were also developed, outlining a range of land requirements for housing and business over the next twenty years. 

Consultation took place on these from 9 November 2015 to 11 January 2016 so that the views of residents and businesses could be taken into account in shaping the draft version of the GMSF.

Formal consultation on the first draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has now ended. The consultation period ran from 31 October 2016 to 16 January 2017. All comments received during this period will be considered and used to inform how the plan is taken forward. If you would like to know more about the GMSF and stay informed please visit for further information.

Identifying possible development sites

Alongside the earlier consultation we also asked local residents, businesses and land owners and developers to identify sites they think could be suitable for housing or employment development.

The sites submitted are available to view here so people are aware of all the ideas and proposals.

These sites are promoted by owners/developers and have not been endorsed by us. We are simply publishing this information and seeking to ensure every stage of the process is transparent.

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