Have your say on Oldham's future


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.  The council is asking local residents to have their say.

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.  You can share your views on a wide range of topics including:  • Built environment   • Climate change and flood risk   • Communities   • Employment and economy   • Housing   • Natural environment   • Our centres   • Transport  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 21 February 2024.  Consultation portal, Big Oldham Conversation. Oldham council are hosting a number of drop-in sessions where you can get more information and share your views in person. www.oldham.gov.uk/localplanreview for details of these sessions including dates, times and venues. Alternatively, comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or addressed to:   Strategic Planning and Information  Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods  Room 310, Level 3  Civic Centre  West Street  Oldham  OL1 1UH