Greater Manchester’s spatial framework submitted to government

Places for Everyone, which includes all of the area’s councils with the exception of Stockport, is designed to provide a masterplan for development in the region through to 2037.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority sent the framework to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 14 February.

Places for Everyone calls for the building of 20.5m sq ft of offices, 35.8m sq ft of warehouses and 165,000 new homes. Of the new homes, 56,528 would be in Manchester and 26,528 would be in Salford.

The framework also opens 4,300 acres of Green Belt for development.

If approved by the government, the framework could be adopted by Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan councils in 2023.

Work on a spatial framework for Greater Manchester has been ongoing for five years, with Places for Everyone marking the fourth draft for the masterplan. A previous draft, known as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, was derailed in December 2020 when Stockport pulled out of the plan over concerns about Green Belt reductions.

You can read the submitted Places for Everyone plans at

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No Greenbelt should be built on. Full Stop.

By Catherine

Finally! Let’s see how the examination goes

By Yew

Catherine – That’s a sweeping statement, can you expand? Would building on Greenbelt be worse than building within, say, the AONB?

By Deja

Traffic will be a nightmare, local services will be inundated and our precious greenbelt gone forever. Brownfield is plentiful.

By Sarah

They should not build on any Greenbelt Land

By Joice

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