Industry awaits GMSF with bated breath
The latest version of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the much-delayed document that allocates development land across the city-region, is expected to be published today.
Anticipated publication of the draft GMSF ahead of a meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s executive board next Friday, follows delays caused by a recent dispute between two of the boroughs – Stockport and Tameside.
The dispute, which is understood to be nearing resolution, was over the proposed expansion of Bredbury Park, an industrial estate that lies on the border between the two boroughs.
The 76-acre site between the industrial park and the River Tame has long been earmarked for redevelopment in previous drafts of the GMSF.
The £80m expansion plan known as Bredbury Gateway was proposed by developer Quorum, which wants to build 25 units ranging in size from 10,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft, increasing the park’s footprint by 1.2m sq ft.
However, Tameside Council has raised concerns over large scale of Bredbury Gateway, designed by AEW Architects, and the environmental impact it could have on the Tame Valley.
Stockport Council was understood earlier this month to be working with the developer on scaled back proposals for the site that are now being worked into the GMSF.
Tamewise and Stockport councils had yet to respond to requests for comment at the time of writing.
The latest draft of the GMSF was due to be published for consultation at the beginning of October but was delayed this month. The document has already been significantly delayed from its planned publication earlier this year because of Covid-19 and other challenges.