Sir David Crausby
Sir David Crausby

In 2016 Councils across Greater Manchester drew up a combined plan to identify potential development sites for homes and jobs over the next 18 years, this was called the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

This plan was wrongly driven by the needs of developers. It proposed a “North Bolton Strategic Development Opportunity Area” that covered the whole of Astley Bridge, Bromley Cross, most of Bradshaw and Hall I’ Th’ Wood. I opposed this as did many local residents. Thousands of homes may have been built across this part of Bolton with green belt land at risk of development.

When Andy Burnham was elected Mayor of Greater Manchester he promised to revise the plans and listen to local residents. New plans have now been published for consultation.

Under the revised Spatial Framework no green belt land has been assigned for housing anywhere in Bolton, and new sites will be given green belt protection to prevent development. Bolton’s plan will focus on delivering the homes that we need through the regeneration of urban and brownfield sites.

I think this is a step in the right direction but I want to make sure that residents are engaged in these proposals and have the chance to raise any concerns. If you want to find out more about the plans and give your feedback please visit

Alternatively, there are two consultation drop-in events in Bolton where you can view the documents and find out more information.

The first event will be held at Carnegie Hall, Westhoughton Town Hall, Library Street, BL5 3AW on February 25th, from 2pm to 7pm.

The second drop-in will take place at Friends’ Meeting House, 50 Silverwell Street, BL1 1PP on March 6th, from 2pm to 7pm.

The consultation will be open until 18th March 2019.

I hope that you find this information useful.

If I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me. My phone number is 01204 391909, email is and I have a full time office at 140 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 3AT.

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