Local Development Frameworks
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LDF Core Strategies LDFs, local Development Frameworks, have a number of components and stages of development. They are “live” documents that evolve as circumstances progress. Each of the ten GM District local planning authorities is preparing an LDF. We have had two stages of involvement – initially at Phase One where the Greater Manchester Authorities coordinated over-arching analysis of GM-wide proposals, and currently in Phase Two for detail development of individual authorities. We have supported a number of GM authorities, including Wigan and Trafford, as they developed their evidence base for their LDF Core Strategy Examinations in Public. Current LDFs cover the 15-year plan period 2011-2026.

Wigan… For Wigan, we worked closely with them to understand the impacts of their Core Strategy in its first five years and to develop and examine various transport infrastructure strategies that would be required to deliver the first five years of development by ameliorating any negative impacts on the transport network.

Trafford… For Trafford, we undertook modelling work focussed primarily on the transport impacts of development at five key Strategic Locations up to 2016. Potential weaknesses in highway and public transport provision were reported to the client and the Highways Agency to inform planning of future infrastructure improvements.

LDF Land Allocations This stage of the LDF process follows approval of the Core Strategy and requires a much more detailed examination into the potential transport impacts of the land allocations and the identification of appropriate and sustainable solutions to capacity problems.

Bolton… For Bolton Council, our work includes detailed highway and public transport modelling (using the GM SATURN model) to determine the combined impact on the borough’s transport networks of the Horwich Loco Works and Cutacre strategic site proposals, plus all of the housing and retail land allocations. We are members of a project Steering Group that includes representatives from Bolton Council, the Highways Agency, other parts of TfGM and the developers of the Strategic Sites. This group was formed to lead on the development of an agreed modelling framework; to build a consensus on the potential impacts of the sites; and to identify the necessary remedial measures required to deliver them. It is hoped that this approach will smooth the progress of the sites through the planning process, improving the overall deliverability of the proposed land allocations.