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17/08/2017

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework timetable published

Words: Laura Edgar

The second draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) won’t be developed until the new year and then published in June 2018, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has announced.

The time frame has been discussed and decided by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Salford City Mayor and Greater Manchester Combined Authority lead member for housing, planning and homelessness Paul Dennett, and leaders of the region’s councils.

The first draft, published in October 2016 for consultation, identified sites for 227,000 homes, including some green belt land locations. It said the release of some green belt land was “essential” to keep up with Greater Manchester’s growth.

Then in May 2017, after he was elected mayor, Burnham appointed Dennett to “radically rewrite” the framework.

According to the combined authority, the second draft will take into account concerns raised by some members of the public during the first consultation as well aim to make the most of the region’s brownfield sites and reduce the impact on the green belt.

Dennett said: “To do justice to the 27,000 responses received as part of the initial consultation, and to demonstrate continued trust and transparency in the process, we agreed a timetable with a series of steps leading up to the publication of the revised plan.

“This process will start in September with the publication of the responses to the initial consultation. This will be followed later in the year by the publication of data and associated sources of information such as population estimates which will help us calculate the requirements for housing and employment. Some of this information isn’t yet available, for example, we are waiting for the government to publish its national methodology for calculating housing need, which we expect will now be released in the autumn.

“The second draft of the plan will be developed in the new year, with a view to publish it in June 2018. Following publication of the draft plan, there will be a 12-week consultation with the public.”

He said the public would be kept up to date with the framework’s progress.


Read more:

A 227,000-home plan for Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – is green belt release the answer?

Burnham appoints Salford mayor to rewrite Greater Manchester Spatial Framework


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