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Decision due for draft Greater Manchester spatial framework

Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

Local authority leaders in Greater Manchester are scheduled to meet on 28 October to decide whether to approve the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework …

Greater Manchester local authority leaders are due to decide this week whether to approve the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) plan at a meeting on 28 October.

The GMSF is the joint authorities’ plan for land allocation across the greater Manchester conurbation to provide housing and investment opportunities for sustainable growth.

The draft plan identifies the need for an additional 227,200 new homes across Greater Manchester by 2035. This has been apportioned to the districts in the following way. The housing figures have been rounded to the nearest whole number:

  • Bolton (7 per cent)
  • Bury (6 per cent)
  • Manchester (24 per cent)
  • Oldham (6 per cent)
  • Rochdale (7 per cent)
  • Salford (15 per cent)
  • Stockport (9 per cent)
  • Tameside (6 per cent)
  • Trafford (10 per cent)
  • Wigan (10 per cent)

The framework has adopted a brownfield first approach to land allocation which has ensured that nearly three quarters of the proposed land supply is within the existing urban area on brownfield land.

However more than 55,000 homes will be built on green belt in Greater Manchester in the next 20 years, concentrated on “relatively few large sites”, according to the strategy.

The draft plan outlines a requirement for gross new office floor space of 2,450,000 square metres. Around 55 per cent of this land is within the city centre. The plan also outlines the provision of over eight million square metres of land for industrial and warehousing.


Roger Milne