GMCA receives 25,000 responses to Spatial Framework draft

Council leaders said they will “consider every submission to the consultation on Greater Manchester’s plan for homes and jobs” after the draft plan triggered a huge volume of submissions from residents, developers and others.

The submissions range from residents’ groups who say there would be too much Green Belt land released and housebuilders arguing the case for increased levels of supply.

The draft was published in October and recommended 227,200 new homes be built in the next 20 years, 28% of the new units on Green Belt land, 12,000 acres of which would be removed from GM’s protected land, equivalent to 8% of Green Belt in the city region, or 3% of total area. After the release of Green Belt land there would still be 43% of GM in protected status.

All of the submissions will be uploaded and made public on GMCA’s consultation website. Seven agency staff have been hired to help process letters and emails.

The publication of the next draft and resumption of consultation has been put back from June or July to September.

At-a-glance response highlights:

  • 93% of comments relate to Green Belt allocations
  • Sites that received the most comments were
    • Land east and west of M627M, Oldham and Rochdale
    • Junction 21 of M62, Oldham and Rochdale
    • North Bolton Area of Search, Bolton
    • Walshaw, Bury
    • Sidebottom Fold, Tameside
    • Land at Flixton Station, Trafford
    • Elton Reservoir Area, Bury
    • Junction 25, Wigan
    • Hanging Chadder, Oldham
  • More than a dozen petitions were submitted

Cllr Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale and GMCA lead for planning and housing, said: “I want to thank each and every person who has responded to our consultation. There is strong support for a Greater Manchester plan for jobs and homes and the level of response has shown that people in every borough are willing to engage with and shape our plan for homes and jobs.  This is a real conversation about the future of Greater Manchester – and we are listening.

“It’s clear that many people across Greater Manchester have strong feelings about this plan. That’s something we recognise and will respond to. We will not ignore what you are telling us – and we will consider every single submission and look at where changes can and should be made.

“While the vast majority of the plan proposes building within the urban area, including on brownfield sites, I know there are concerns around potential development on specific sites designated as Green Belt. I also understand that people want to see more detail on our plans for brownfield regeneration, infrastructure and transport to support this plan.

“There are a range of opinions on the draft plan, with some groups asking for development to be scaled back, and others campaigning for more development in Greater Manchester. That spectrum means we will not be able to address every concern. But I’m confident that by working together with local people we can create a plan that ensures future generations can find a decent home, with great transport links, in a Greater Manchester which respects and nurtures its natural resources.”

Over 2,600 responses were submitted through Objective, the online consultation portal. In addition, approximately 16,500 letters and 8,000 email representations were received. The draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework document was accessed over 50,000 times from the GMCA website and a similar number accessed the information documents available on the consultation portal.

Eighty public events were held across Greater Manchester where residents and others could find out more about the draft Spatial Framework. The events were well attended with many recording hundreds of attendees, GMCA reported.  The consultation period was extended from 23 December – not popular in the Christmas run-in for planning advisors – to 16 January.

In addition to Greater Manchester residents and landowners, a number of national and regional interest groups and bodies responded to the consultation.  Three of these submissions are highlighted in the report to go before Greater Manchester Leaders;

New Homes per Year Over 20 Years Difference between Draft GMSF Land Supply Gap against Supply of 181,437
Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) 9,894 197,885 29,315 fewer 16,448
House Builders Federation 14,622 292,440 65,240 more 110,003
Housing the Powerhouse 16,643 332,860 105,660 more 151,423

The GMSF: Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes and Jobs. Update on Consultation report is due to be considered by leaders on Friday 31 March.

It will be proposed that all future consultations on the plan for homes and jobs will be for double that period, 12 weeks.

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Lets guess what most of them comprise:

Developers – build more houses on the green belt
Residents – build fewer houses on the green belt

By Nordyne

I think more important is ‘what sort of conurbation do we want to live in’. It’s pretty clear that large-scale green belt development means a lot more people and goods travelling by car and lorry and a lot less on public transport. It also means a lot less development in our urban centres. It also means a new motorway ring outside the M60. Plans are already drawn up for a M6-M61 link, and a new orbital motorway in the SW quadrant. Some people are happy with all this, and that’s fine. I’m not, but please don’t categorise me as a nimby. I’ve got a vision for Greater Manchester that is more like The Netherlands and Germany where they manage a better quality of life and, as it happens, much bigger new homes than we manage. And no, I’m not going to move. I love Manchester and I want our urban areas regenerated and to avoid our countryside swamped by millions of extra car journeys and new motorways.

By Peter Black

I read where someone had put forward rather than building more large estates a small amount of houses are added to small villages which would have less impact on the enviroment.

By Susan henshall

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