Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF): consultation period extended until January 16th 2017.

As you may already know Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has been consulting on the Draft GMSF since 31st October. This is an important plan and it has already generated a huge amount of public interest. Many public events have taken place across the sub-region and more than 32,000 people have logged on to the consultation website to find out more about the proposals and how to respond.

Bury Council wants to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to take part in the consultation and some people have told us that they need longer to do this. Consequently, at the request of Bury Council, the GMCA has agreed to extend the consultation until Monday 16th January 2017 (11.59pm).

There will be further drop-in events running for an hour before each of the January Township Forums, where plans will be on show and Officers available to discuss proposals. Details of these additional events are as follows:
– Prestwich Drop-in Event (12th January 2017 – 5.30pm), The Longfield Suite, Prestwich, M25 1AY;
– Bury East Drop-in Event (12th January 2017 – 6pm) Peel Room, Bury Town Hall;
– Whitefield and Unsworth Drop-in Event (17th January – 12 pm) Elms Community Centre, Green Lane, Whitefield, M45 7FD; and
– Bury West Drop-in Event (17th January 2017 – 6pm) The Elton Centre, Alston Street, Bury BL8 1SB

Unfortunately, the latter two drop-in events will take place after the end of the formal consultation on the draft GMSF. However, the dates of the January Township Forum meetings have been programmed for some time. The aim of these events is to raise awareness of the plan and the fact that there will be additional consultations and opportunities to comment as the GMSF progresses – with consultation on a revised draft plan anticipated to take place later in 2017. Officers will be available at these events

You can view and comment on the Draft GMSF via https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/info/20081/draftplan.

Copies of the draft GMSF are available to view via the website above and at the Planning Division reception (Ground Floor, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury) between the hours of 8.45am to 3.30pm (Monday-Friday), Bury Town Hall between the hours of 8.45am to 5.00pm (Monday-Friday) and at the following public libraries during their normal opening hours (see www.bury.gov.uk/libraries for details):

• Bury • Topping Fold • Radcliffe (Coronation Road)
• Moorside • Unsworth • Ramsbottom
• Radcliffe • Brandlesholme • Tottington
• Radcliffe (Dumers Lane) • Prestwich • Whitefield

A copy of the Integrated Assessment is also available to view at the Planning Division reception at Knowsley Place and in the Town Hall reception.

Responses to the consultation may only be made:
• Online at http://gmsf-consult.objective.co.uk;
• By email to GMSF@agma.gov.uk; or
• By Post to : Greater Manchester Integrated Support Team
PO Box 532
Town Hall
M60 2LA

You can also follow the GMSF on Twitter: @GMSpatialframe.

If you have already commented, thank you very much. If you wish to comment further you are welcome to do so. If you have a reference from your previous comment it would be helpful if you could include that if you are referring to it.

Please note all comments will be held by the GMCA and will be available to view publicly. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information, such as your postal and e-mail address will not be published but your name and organisation (if relevant) will be.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority maintains a database of consultees who wish to be kept informed about the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. In responding to this consultation your contact details will automatically be added to the consultation database. If you do not want to be contacted about future Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultations please state this in your response.

If you require any further information on the consultation please do not hesitate to contact the Greater Manchester Planning Team on: 0161 237 4636.

Finally, Bury Council has prepared answers to some frequently asked questions and these can be found at the following link http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=13342