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Spatial framework published in Greater Manchester

Words: Laura Edgar
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Greater Manchester has published the final draft of its spatial framework, which sets out where homes and jobs will be located across the region, as well as how people would get from one to the other.

Developed by all 10 boroughs and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), it outlines how the region “can live in environmentally sustainable villages, towns and cities connected by a fully integrated, high-capacity transport system”.

It also seeks to support the region “build back better” from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The framework will be discussed by leaders in Greater Manchester tomorrow (30 October). If the leaders back it, elected members will scrutinise it throughout November and if approved, the framework will be subject to an eight-week public consultation from 1 December.

The first draft was published in 2016; it identified sites for 227,000 homes, some of which had been allocated to green belt land. More than 27,000 residents provided feedback, and a second consultation received 17,000 responses.

This draft of the spatial framework reduces the impact on the green belt by 60 per cent. The number of proposed green belt sites has been reduced and additions have also been set out. Greater Manchester has a brownfield “preference policy”, which would see such land brought forward in the early stages of the plan.

The spatial framework has been developed alongside Transport for Greater Manchester’s five-year Transport Delivery Plan to ensure that development is supported by “strong transport connections”. 

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is the cornerstone of our plans for the future. This is a plan by and for all 10 boroughs, setting out how we can direct the sustainable growth that will benefit our communities and help Greater Manchester recover from the effects of this crisis.”

The framework, he continued, would protect important natural areas, deliver a sustainable travel network, and guard boroughs from the risk of unplanned development.

“While we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic, we also have a duty to look ahead and make sure our city-region builds back better for our people and places. The spatial framework is about making sure our city-region leads the way in providing good jobs, good housing, and tackling the climate crisis.”

At the end of the final consultation phase, the plan will be prepared for submission to the secretary of state next year. More information about the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework can be found here.

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