Places for Everyone Consultation Now Open

Updated: Sep 10

Following approval by the nine participating GM councils, an 8week consultation on the PfE plan (formerly GMSF) began on 9th August and closes on 3rd October 2021.

PfE has been derived from GMSF and still proposes loss of Green Belt which is treasured by residents. We believe that Green Belt and green field sites make important contributions to the physical and mental health of residents, to the rural economy, the natural environment, habitats for wildlife, and to mitigation of the effects of climate change.

This is the final stage of consultation before the plan goes to the Secretary of State, who will then appoint independent Inspectors to examine the plan. It differs from previous consultations in that you are asked whether you think PfE meets the legal requirements and is sound.

These are technical planning concepts that need explanation for the lay person.

Soundness is a technical planning term that in lay terms means:

Positively prepared:

  • Is the strategy appropriate for Greater Manchester and your locality?


  • Have all alternatives been taken into account?

  • Are the proposals supported by evidence?


  • Can the proposal be achieved?

  • Can the proposals be achieved in the timescale required?

Consistent with national policy:

  • Will the proposals avoid damage to the environment and climate, and allow the quality of life for future generations to be maintained?

  • Do the proposals mitigate and adapt to climate change?

Legal compliance involves further technical planning terms, but the lay person can consider whether the council has:

  • Carried out consultations in line with the statement for each of the nine Local Authorities, which details how they will engage local communities and other interested parties in producing the plan [Statement of Community Involvement].

  • Worked with neighbouring authorities on strategic issues that cross boundaries [Duty to Cooperate]

  • Included policies which tackle climate change and its impact

  • Prepared the plan in accordance with the latest Local Development Scheme (LDS) for the nine Local Authorities participating in PfE, which informs the public about the current planning policies for the local authority.

  • Assessed the extent to which the emerging plan, when judged against reasonable alternatives, will help to achieve relevant environmental, economic and social objectives [Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment].

For those who wish to go into more depth, these aspects are expanded here

GMCA will collect all your responses and pass them on the Inspectors prior to the Examination.

Please do not include any personal information, in the text of your response, but write in general terms.

Please note the following:

· Only responses which address whether the plan is sound will carry any weight with the Planning Inspectors at the Examination.

· You will need to supply your name and address in order that the Inspectors to be able to consider your response. GMCA will only publish your name, not your address or contact details.

· You will need to state the modification that you are requesting be made in order that you may qualify for a chance to speak at the Examination. This could be as simple as “please delete this policy”.

You can respond via the online portal, via email or via the post. Important information on how to submit a response can be found on the GMCA website: How to make a response, which provides the following to assist you:

· Template document to download, which you are advised to use for responses via email or post.

· Consultation guidance notes

· How to construct an effective response

· List of documents supporting the main plan document

· Frequently asked questions

· Glossary of terms

· How to use GM mapping

· Representation procedure

Please do not include any personal information, in the text of your response, but write in general terms.

The link to submit a response online is here. You can make a start on the survey and then save it in order that you can return later to add more.

If you wish to attach a document to support your response, you will find the option to do that in question 16 of the survey. You can upload up to 5 documents with your response, each one can be up to 25 MB. There is also the option to insert a link to a website as supporting evidence in question 17.

We recommend using the online route if possible, or submission via email. Responses submitted via post have to be typed up by GMCA to produce an electronic version.

You can find information from GMCA about the PfE plan, what it covers, how it differs from GMSF, and what this consultation means here.

More information on this can be found on the GMCA website here.

The SGMGB Management Committee

27th August 2021


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