These documents are not part of the local plan but support, explain and monitor the Local Plan and the process by which it was prepared:

The Authority Monitoring Report reviews the implementation of the plan and is produced annually. The latest report includes:

The Local Development Scheme is a project plan that explains the production and timetable for local plan documents. The latest LDS was brought in effect in September 2020.

This document is currently being reviewed in the light of changes and slippage to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) and to revise the Local Plan timetable.  Significantly the GMSF is now progressing as a joint development plan document for 9 GM districts, excluding Stockport.  The proposed timetable for this re-named plan Places for Everyone (PfE) is:

  • Publication Plan (Regulation 19) – period for representations 9th August – 3rd October 2021
  • Submission (Regulation 22) – January 2022
  • Examination- 2022/23
  • Adoption - 2023

Please visit our Greater Manchester Spatial Framework webpage for further information and details of this Publication consultation.

The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how we will involve you in planning responsibilities. The current SCI came into effect in August 2020.

We are undertaking a review of our SCI to ensure it refers to up to date planning legislation and sets out clearly the Council’s current processes for determining planning applications, including the current scheme of delegation.  In addition, information on plan making at the Greater Manchester level has also been updated to refer clearly to production of the “Places for Everyone” Plan.

We would welcome your views on this revised draft and how to make our planning consultations more effective.  The consultation is open from Friday 8th October to Friday 5th November 2021.  All comments will be taken into account in the preparation of a final Statement of Community Involvement.

You can view the revised draft Statement of Community Involvment here and a paper copy is available for inspection at all the borough's libraries. You can also see general information about the planning system in Bolton on the website at Planning – Bolton Council.

Please return your comments by 5pm on Friday, November 5th 2021, by email to or by post to Strategy Team, 3rd Floor, Town Hall, Bolton. BL1 1RU.

The SCI puts forward a range of different consultation methods to be used in the preparation of planning policies. It does not specify that any consultation method must be used at any stage of making plans. The Covid-19 pandemic restrictions mean that some form of consultation may be impossible or inadvisable, for example face to face meetings or the inspection of paper documents at offices or libraries. 

If consultation takes place on any planning policy document while Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are in force, then the council will use the most appropriate consultation methods according to the restrictions at the time. This is likely to rely more on electronic means of engagement, but the council will also try to ensure that members of the community with no internet access are involved. 

The Government have introduced a housing delivery test and if delivery of housing is less than 95% of the target in their area, then the council must prepare a Housing Delivery Test Action Plan. The Action Plan highlights the root causes of under-delivery of housing in Bolton. The Action Plan aims to take a practical approach to housing delivery, by focusing on effective measures to improve delivery through evidence-based research.