Strategic planning


About Strategic Planning

The Strategic Planning service is responsible for the preparation of the Local Plan. This sets out the overarching strategy and development principles for Trafford to guide development up to 2026.

Plan making in Trafford

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


As part of the preparation of the Local Plan, the council regularly consults with the public. Details of all of our current Local Plan consultations are set out in this section.

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)

The GMSF will be the overarching framework within which the ten local planning authorities identify and manage the supply of land for jobs and new homes in Greater Manchester.