Plan Making in Trafford

All local authorities are required to produce a Local Plan with the aim of providing a more flexible planning system that adapts to changing priorities and which seeks to secure sustainable development.

The Local Plan sets out how we will plan the future of development in Trafford. It will guide new developments to appropriate locations, while protecting our natural environment and built heritage, and provides guidance to developers on submitting planning applications.

The Local Plan is shaped by the National Planning Policy Framework - the top tier of planning policy. The Framework provides guidance to local authorities and other agencies on planning policy and the operation of the planning system. It covers issues such as housing, green belts, economic growth, heritage, sustainable development, biodiversity, transport, minerals, open space, sport and recreation.

The Local Plan

This includes the Core Strategy, the Land Allocations Plan, The GM Joint Waste Plan, the GM Joint Minerals Plan and the Unitary Development Plan (UDP). In addition there are other documents such as Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD's) which provide planning guidance and support the Local Plan.

Neighbourhood Planning

Information on preparing neighbourhood plans, using new powers introduced through the Localism Act 2011. This also includes information on the progress of neighbourhood plans in Trafford.

Evidence Base and Monitoring

Land availability lists, national, regional, sub-regional and Trafford documents, SHLAA and SHMA.

Authority Monitoring Report

This is published every year and monitors and reviews the effectiveness of the planning policies and proposals.

Local Development Scheme

Sets out the Council's timetable for producing the Local Plan and which Local Plan documents we propose to use.

Statement of Community Involvement

This sets out how the Council involves people in the development of planning policies and applications.