Places for Everyone plan

About Places for Everyone

Places for Everyone is a long-term plan for new jobs, homes, and sustainable growth.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) created the plan for Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Places for Everyone plan and submission documents

9 councils in Greater Manchester submitted the Places for Everyone plan to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in February 2022. The plan was submitted together with all the supporting documents, background evidence and representations received during the final stage of public consultation which took place from Monday, 9 August 2021–Sunday, 3 October 2021.

The plan and submission documents are available on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Places for Everyone website.

Places for Everyone examination

The Places for Everyone joint development plan document is currently undergoing an independent examination, conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. This process began on Monday, 14 February 2022, and is still ongoing.

As part of this process, a number of public hearings took place between November 2022 and March 2023, with an additional session in July 2023.

Next steps, have your say

Consultation closing date: Wednesday, 6 December 2023

The planning inspectorate has now recommended some proposed modifications to the Places for Everyone joint development plan. The timescale which the plan is intended to cover is proposed to change from 2020–2037, to 2022–2039.

A public consultation on these proposed modifications started on Wednesday, 11 October 2023.

Find out how to access information relating to this consultation and how to comment: 

Additional green belt land in the borough of Rochdale

The Places for Everyone submitted plan proposed to add 8 sites into the green belt in Rochdale borough.

The inspectors have concluded that 6 of these sites should not be added to the green belt. These sites already benefit from protection from development under various existing policies.

The 2 sites which are recommended to remain as proposed additions to the green belt are:

  • Land to the west of Stakehill Business Park
  • Land at Summit, Heywood

The sites which would not be added to the green belt under the proposed modifications are:

  • Land within the Roch Valley, Smallbridge
  • Land at Firgrove Playing Fields, Rochdale
  • Land between the railway line and Rochdale Canal, Littleborough
  • Land north of St Andrew’s Church, Dearnley
  • Land at Townhouse Brook, Littleborough
  • Land north of Shore, Littleborough

Aims of the Places for Everyone plan

The Places for Everyone plan aims to:

  • Manage land development up until 2039.
  • Plan new homes, employment space and infrastructure.
  • Cater for our growing populations.
  • Boost the prosperity of Greater Manchester and make it one of the best places in the world to live and work.
  • Ensure housing and employment opportunities are spread more evenly across Greater Manchester so boroughs like Rochdale do not lag behind.