It's time to have your say on plans for Oldham's future

Date published: 15 January 2024

A consultation has opened, giving people across the borough the chance to have their say on how Oldham should develop in the future.  

The council is preparing a new Local Plan - a document which will guide and manage growth and developments, such as housing, the local economy and community facilities, up to 2039. 

Through previous consultations, people across the borough have been helping officers to develop the plan.

It is now at draft plan stage - and once again, the council wants you to share your views. 

Cllr Elaine Taylor, Cabinet Member for Housing and Licensing, said: “The Local Plan is a really important document that will shape the future of Oldham for the next 15 years, including how we make decisions on planning applications.  

“The home you live in, the building where you work, your local supermarket - all of these developments at some point will have been through the planning process. 

“Planning affects many aspects of our lives, and this consultation is an opportunity for you tell us what you think about the policies in the Draft Plan and to help shape the future of your town.” 

The Local Plan includes policies to protect the environment, address climate change and increase accessibility for all residents.   

It will also help to develop supporting infrastructure, such as transport, education and utilities. 

Council officials want to know what matters most to its residents and businesses so that they have the buildings, homes and jobs that work for Oldham. 

You can share your views on a wide range of topics including: 

Built environment  

Climate change and flood risk  


Employment and economy  


Natural environment  

Our centres  


The Local Plan is being prepared alongside Places for Everyone (PfE) - the long-term plan of nine Greater Manchester councils for jobs, homes and sustainable growth. 

The Local Plan will ‘sit under’ PfE, addressing policies not covered by the framework, providing more detail on Oldham’s local planning priorities. 

The Draft Local Plan Consultation is open now until February 21, 2024. 

The easiest way to have your say is by taking part online via the consultation portal, Big Oldham Conversation.

The council will also be hosting a number of drop-in sessions where you can get more information and share your views in person.

Keep an eye on the council's social media pages and for details of these sessions, including dates, times and venues.

Alternatively, comments can be emailed to: or addressed to:  

Strategic Planning and Information 

Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods 

Room 310, Level 3 

Civic Centre 

West Street 



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