Strategic planning guidance

EU Directives

National Guidance

Circulars and Regulations

Planning Inspectorate Guidance

Regional Guidance

On 6 July 2010, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government revoked the North West Regional Spatial Strategy with immediate effect.

Sub-regional Guidance

The ten authorities in Greater Manchester are the first in the country to develop a statutory Combined Authority which will co-ordinate key economic development, regeneration and transport functions.  The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) was established on 1 April 2011.

The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) continues to act as the voice of the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester preparing a number of sub-regional planning documents including the Greater Manchester Strategy 2013-2020 Stronger Together (which sets out a series of priorities to secure sustainable economic growth for the benefit of the conurbation and its residents), the third Greater Manchester Local Transport Plan (2011/12-2015/16) and the Greater Manchester’s Climate Change Strategy.

The Planning and Housing Commission has responsibility for driving the delivery of four specific priorities, these are:

  • Revitalising our town centres;
  • Creating the spaces and places that will nurture success;
  • Stimulating and reshaping our housing market and
  • Creating a plan for growth and infrastructure

The Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GMLEP) sets the strategic course, determines local priorities and drives growth and job creation within the city region. GMLEP jointly owns the Greater Manchester Strategy (2013-2020).

Greater Manchester has one of the country’s first Local Nature Partnerships (LNP) following a successful application to Defra. Manchester’s LNP will feed directly into the Greater Manchester Environment Commission, to maximise opportunities to achieving the region’s ambitious environmental goals. 

The Minerals and Waste Planning Unit (formerly known as the Greater Manchester Geological Unit) provides minerals and waste planning support to the ten GM authorities. This Unit was responsible for preparing the GM Waste Plan, which came into force on 1 April 2012, and the GM Minerals Plan, which came into force on 26 April 2013.