Greater Manchester plan approved for consultation

A consultation on a draft statutory spatial framework for Greater Manchester, including plans to remove 4,900 hectares of land from the conurbation's green belt, is to go ahead after the city-region's leaders approved a draft of the document at a meeting today.

Manchester: draft framework for city-region to go out to consultation
Manchester: draft framework for city-region to go out to consultation

An eight-week consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) will begin on Monday 31 October after today’s vote by the joint Greater Manchester Combined Authority executive board.

The draft document proposes a housing requirement of around 227,200 net additional dwellings across Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities over the period 2015-35, with a quarter of these to be built within Manchester City Council’s boundaries (see infographic, below).

According to the draft document, while there is a strong emphasis on directing new development to brownfield land in urban locations, 28 per cent of the new homes proposed for the city-region would be built on Greater Manchester’s green belt.

In a statement ahead of today’s meeting, the GMCA said that views submitted to the consultation will be considered and a final draft will be published in 2017 when another period of consultation will be held.

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