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21/03/2018

Greater Manchester publishes land data for housing and jobs

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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has published land data for housing and employment developments.

Greater Manchester’s councils estimate between now and 2035 that there is enough land across Greater Manchester for around 175,000 homes.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “We’ve published this data so everyone can see the land we’ve identified for potential development. We’re now asking local people, community groups and others to take a look at these sites and let us know if there are any we have missed, or if there are other sites they think we should consider.”

Greater Manchester will be asking for the public’s feedback on a rewrite of last year’s spatial framework in the summer. The plan will set out a strategic plan for sustainable development between now and 2035, exploring potential sites for new homes, employment opportunities and transport links to get the city moving and growing.

The plan will map out the additional infrastructure that would be needed to support any proposed housing developments, such as schools, health services, and public transport. Its main focus will be on the environment exploring how to manage flood risk, make the most of natural resources, and designing a Greater Manchester that is “healthier, less congested, and more sustainable”.

Paul Dennett, Greater Manchester’s lead for planning and mayor of Salford, said: “Rewriting the spatial framework is our opportunity to plan for sustainable development and shape a Greater Manchester that best meets the needs of local people and our environment, and is not just driven by the needs of developers and a market-led free-for-all but is an opportunity to secure mutually supportive economic, social and environmental outcomes that benefit people now, and long into the future.

He added: “We must explore all the options available to us and make the most of the space we have.”

The data can be viewed on MappingGM’s website,  and the spatial framework on Greater Manchester’s website.

GMCA has called on the public to contact it if they think a site has been missed by emailing: [email protected]

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