GMCA plots ‘breakaway’ solution for GMSF
Greater Manchester leaders are to meet tomorrow to discuss proposals to create a spatial framework for just nine local authority areas instead of 10, after Stockport rejected the plans last week.
Having decided against being part of the framework, Stockport Council will now focus on drawing up a local plan, while the remaining nine Greater Manchester boroughs look to salvage the joint strategy among themselves.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority executive board, comprising the leaders of the 10 Greater Manchester councils, must now vote on whether to forge ahead with the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework without Stockport.
At the meeting on Friday 11 December, Salford Mayor Paul Dennett, who is also the GMCA’s portfolio lead for housing, will ask the leaders of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan to agree in principle to the formation of a joint committee to draw up a revised framework for the nine boroughs.
Stockport’s rejection of the GMSF, a plan that allocates land for housing and employment development across the conurbation over the years to 2037, was caused largely by opposition Conservative councillors that claimed the proposal would cause unacceptable harm to the borough’s Green Belt.