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Evidence Base

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Local Planning Policy has to be based on a thorough understanding of local needs, opportunities and limitations. In order to do this we need to collate and maintain as much relevant information as possible; this is known as an evidence base.

It is an ongoing piece of work that will be continually updated as new information becomes available.

The Evidence Base consists of a range of documents that set the planning policy context, and studies which analyse the demographic, economic, social and environmental factors, that are used to support and justify policy formulation. The evidence that has been considered includes the following:

Broad Evidence

This sets out the Council's progress on the implementation of its local planning policies.



Natural Environment

Due to file sizes, it's not possible to publish all the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment maps on the website. You can view copies of all the reports and associated maps either:

If you want to find out whether your property is at risk or need information on how to prepare for flooding, visit the Environment Agency website.




01706 924252

Phone: Monday-Friday 9.15am-5.15pm.

Strategic Planning
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU