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Spatial framework for Greater Manchester delayed

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has announced that the publication of the region’s spatial framework will be delayed until October 2018.

It was due to be published in June, but following the release of new official populations projection it has been put on hold.

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) aims to ensure that the right land is available to deliver the homes and jobs over the next 20 years, as well as what infrastructure will be required.

A statement from the combined authority noted that population statistics projected slower growth in Greater Manchester’s population.

A delay to the consultation allows the GMCA to make sure the spatial framework uses the most up-to-date figures to “plan for the right number of new homes in the city-region”.

Paul Dennet, the combined authority’s housing, planning and homelessness lead, said that the slower future growth projections means leaders “expect there to be lower growth in Greater Manchester’s household projections that are due to be published in September 2018”.

“These official projections help us to know what housing need we should be planning for in the spatial framework. Given this, leaders have now decided to undertake further work to ensure the implications of these figures are understood and fully realised in the next draft of the spatial framework.

“This has not been an easy decision but as Greater Manchester leaders we are determined to make sure this plan is the right one and that people in Greater Manchester have the most up-to-date facts ahead of the spatial framework consultation.”

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, added: “We have tried to be as open and transparent as possible throughout this process. I hope people will bear with us as we use these new projections to ensure we’re planning for the right number of new homes in Greater Manchester.

“We will be bringing a substantial update on the plan for the Spatial Framework consultation and timeline to July’s GMCA meeting so that people in Greater Manchester are kept up to date and involved in this process.”

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