GM plan testing ends Friday

Residents and stakeholders have three days left to submit their thoughts on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework to guide development for the city region over the next 20 years.

The consultation ends at 5pm on Friday 7 November.

Following the announcement on Monday of Greater Manchester's devolution agreement, including the appointment of a Mayor by 2017, questions have been raised as to how this will affect the framework. According to Chris Findley, Greater Manchester planning lead, the timetable for implementation will have to be revisited in light of the mayoral election, as "we don't want to have to do [the framework] twice."

Findley was speaking at a GMSF update event hosted by consultancy How Planning. He said: "The Mayor will be responsible for strategic planning, it will not be a development management role.

"The timings are still broadly correct – it will be 2017 before the adoption of a plan. We just need to keep this vehicle on track as the governance changes around us."

Since January 2014, planning advisors had been working on a spatial framework to identify future housing and land requirements. However, in September the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities announced that this was to become a statutory document due to the scale and distribution of development required.

The initial evidence published in the framework suggests that "Greater Manchester's objectively assessed need for housing is 224,823 net additional dwellings over the period 2012-2033, equating to an average of 10,706 net additional dwellings per annum." Currently around 3,000 a year are delivered.

The multi-council plan is believed to be the first of its type in the country and will link to the 10 councils' own local plans.

To submit your response to the consultation and download the framework document click here. Organisations are encouraged to make a single, co-ordinated response.

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