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24/10/2016

A 227,000-home plan for Greater Manchester

Words: Laura Edgar

The newly published Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) identifies sites for 227,000 homes, some of which have been allocated to green belt land.

The scheme aims to deliver the homes and create 200,000 jobs between now and 2035.

Green belt sites identified in the framework include those at Pilsworth, Carrington, Cheadle Hulme and Ashton Moss.

According to a draft report, the release of some green belt land is “essential” to keep up with Greater Manchester’s growth.

West Salford Greenway, Rectory Lane, Standish in Wigan and land within the Roch Valley, Rochdale, will be designated as green belt.

Industrial development has been split into four parts – a western gateway around Port Salford, the Quays and Carrington in Trafford; an eastern gateway around Ashton Moss; a northern gateway around Bury, Oldham and Rochdale and an airport gateway in south Manchester.

All developments would see upgraded pedestrian and cycle links as well as a number of park-and-ride schemes, including at Carrington.

The GMSF also includes proposals for a new railway station at Droylsden and a Westhoughton bypass between Atherton and the M61.

The report states: "We are preparing the GMSF to make sure that investment and growth in houses and jobs happens but also benefits our residents and makes Greater Manchester a better place to live and work. We need to be able to plan for schools, green spaces, roads and health facilities alongside new homes, offices and factories. If we don’t do this, it won’t happen.”

The plans will be discussed by the region’s 10 council leaders this week before a consultation is launched on 31 October, running until 23 December. The plan will be reviewed and go out to consultation again next year, before it is submitted to the government.

More information about the GMSF can be found here.

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