Trafford Local Plan

What is the Trafford Local Plan?

The Trafford Local Plan plays an important part in the future growth of Trafford. It helps to set planning policies and allocates sites for development, protection or for other purposes e.g. town centre boundaries or green networks. The Local Plan is part of the Statutory Development Plan for Trafford. Once adopted, it will form the basis for making decisions on planning applications.

The Council is required to keep its Local Plan up to date to retain control over the type and location of development within the Borough, and so ensuring that development across Trafford is ‘plan led’.

Trafford Council’s Executive made the decision to prepare a new Local Plan for Trafford at the Executive meeting on the 25 June 2018.

These pages contain information on the new Local Plan which is currently under development. You can also find out how you can get involved in helping shape the plan which will guide development in Trafford up to 2037.

Until the New Local Plan is adopted all planning applications will be decided on using the current policies (until replaced). They’re available to view here:

Further detail on what the new Local Plan is, what it will include policies on, how the Local Plan relates to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework; and the Integrated Assessment (IA) for the Local Plan can be found within the Regulation 18 Local Plan - Notice of consultation (July 2018).

Land Allocations Plan status

The Land Allocations Plan was going to be the translation of the Core Strategy policies on the ground, allocating sites and designations for specific policies. The Council consulted on a full draft of the Land Allocations Plan for 6 weeks from 3 February 2014 to 17 March 2014. Trafford Council’s Executive on the 25 March 2015 agreed to delay the production of the Land Allocations Plan until the production of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework was further advanced. As work has commenced on the new Local Plan for Trafford, the Land Allocations Plan will not advance any further. Elements of the Land Allocations Plan will be incorporated as appropriate within the new Local Plan.

Current status and next steps of the Local Plan

The Issues Paper consultation phase of the new Local Plan took place from 23 July to 14 September 2018.

Work has commenced on assessing the full range of comments received on the Local Plan Issues Paper, which we will use to help develop the draft plan. Comments received are available to view by selecting Stage 1 in the table below. 

We are assessing sites submitted through the Local Plan Call for Sites exercise as part of the work we are doing to inform the next stage of the new Local Plan and final version of the Integrated Assessment scoping report. We will publish the information relating to the site assessments as part of the next stage of consultation.

An indicative timetable of when the next consultation on the new Local Plan will be is set out below.

Stage  Time

Stage 1 – Local Plan Issues Paper Consultation (Regulation 18) /   ‘Call for Sites’ Consultation / Integrated Assessment Scoping Report –   Consultation

Summer 2018

Stage 2 – First Draft Local Plan Consultation (Regulation 18)

Autumn 2020

Stage 3 – Publication Local Plan Consultation (Regulation 19)

Late 2021

Stage 4 – Submission of Publications Local Plan to Secretary of State   (Regulation 22)

Early 2022

Stage 5 – Independent Examination of Local plan (Regulation 24)

Mid 2022 (timetable set by Planning Inspectorate)

Stage 6 – Publication of the recommendations of Independent Examination in to the Local Plan (Regulation 25)


Stage 7 – Adoption of the Local Plan (Regulation 26)

Late 2022

Previous Trafford Local Plan Consultations

Consultation on the Issues Paper for the new Local plan took place 23 July to 14 September 2018. The Trafford Local Plan Consultations page provides a summary of the stages of the Plan that have been consulted on and links to the relevant part of the consultation page for that stage.

Data protection

Individuals or organisations that would like to be added to or removed from our consultation database should email or contact us by telephone on 0161 912 3149.

When responding to a Strategic Planning consultation your contact details will automatically be added to the Strategic Planning database. If you do not want to be contacted about future consultations please state this in your response.

All comments received during Strategic Planning consultations will be held by the Council for the production of the document that is being consulted on and they will be available to view publicly (including on the Council’s website). Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information such as your postal and email address will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.