Places for Everyone

Proposed modifications to the Places for Everyone (PfE) plan have been published for public consultation. The consultation runs for a period of eight weeks from 11 October until 23:59 6 December 2023.

The consultation documents are available to view on the GMCA PfE consultation webpage, where you can also submit comments online see the GMCA website for more information.

Proposed modifications consultation

Places for Everyone was submitted for examination in February 2022 and independent Inspectors are continuing to examine the plan. The Inspectors have considered all the submitted evidence and representations that were made as part of the 2021 consultation and have held a number of hearing sessions over a 6-month period.

On 11 August 2023 the Inspectors confirmed that the Places for Everyone plan is ready to move to the next stage of the process. They have recommended that the nine authorities consult on a set of modifications to clarify the wording of the policies.

However the vision, objectives and Spatial Strategy remain unchanged. The Inspectors state that they are satisfied at this stage of the examination that all of the proposed main modifications to Places for Everyone are necessary to make the Plan sound and/or legally compliant.

A Main Modifications Schedule, Composite Plan and Schedule of Policies Map Changes have all been prepared. A Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Main Modifications have been carried out.

In addition to the Main Modifications and related policies map changes, a schedule of additional modifications has also been prepared and is subject to consultation alongside the Main Modifications.

These additional modifications are changes which do not materially affect the policies in the Plan. They do not fall within the scope of the examination and therefore the Inspectors will not be considering comments on them. Instead, the nine PfE authorities will consider comments relating to the additional modifications.

The consultation documentation is published on the GMCA website on behalf of the nine districts. 

Further information is also available on the PfE Guide.

How to respond

Consultation on the proposed modifications is being hosted on the GMCA PfE consultation webpage where you can access the relevant documents and submit your response.

Representations made at this stage should only relate to the proposed main modifications. The nine PfE authorities will consider representations made to the Additional Modifications.

All comments must be received by 23:59 6 December 2023.

See Guidance Notes on how to submit comments here.

In Trafford, hard copies of the documents can be viewed at the principal council offices and libraries in close proximity to the allocations during normal opening hours:

  • Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford M32 0TH
  • Sale Waterside, 1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
  • Altrincham Library, 2 Pott Street, Altrincham WA14 1AH
  • Timperley Library, 405 Stockport, Timperley, Altrincham WA15 7XR
  • Partington Library, Central Road, Partington, Manchester M31 4FL
  • Coppice Library, Coppice Avenue, Sale M33 4ND
  • Hale pop-up library, St Peter's House, 233 Ashley Road, Hale, WA15 9SS (open on Tuesday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm in the Garden Room). The main library at Hale is temporarily closed. 

Find your local library including the opening hours.

If you require any further information on the consultation, call GMCA on 0161 778 7000, to leave your name, query and telephone number and someone will return your call.

If you would like to discuss a Trafford specific issue or allocation contact the Trafford Strategic Planning team at or by phoning 0161 912 3149.

Next steps

After the consultation on the modifications has ended, the representations received in relation to the main modifications will be forwarded to the Programme Officers (impartial officers working under the direction of the Inspectors) along with a report listing all of the duly made representations; a summary of the main issues raised; and a brief response, on behalf of the nine districts, to those main issues.

The Planning Inspectors will consider the representations made on the Main Modifications and consequential changes to the policies map before finalising their examination report and determining whether to recommend that Main Modifications are made so that the plan is capable of adoption. 

Further hearing sessions will not usually be held, unless the Inspectors consider them essential to deal with substantial issues raised in the representations, or to ensure fairness.

The nine PfE councils will consider the comments on the additional modifications. 

The Planning Inspectorate have published guidance about the examination process, including the modifications' stage, which may be of interest.