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.

Bredbury Gateway Stockport

Quorum wants to expand the Bredbury Park industrial estate by 1.2m sq ft 

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The residents of GM do not want more development

By Dan

Shocking that the future development plans for GM haven’t been already been approved and the recovery underway!


The residents of GM DO want more development and these new houses will be much appreciated in most areas! Looking forward to seeing the GMSF finally finished

By Anon

Of course the residents of Gm want more development, what are we expected to be, frozen in time? What nonsense.

By cityscape

do you ever have anything to say that’s pertinent to a professional development site? i’m sure if you google Greenpeace you’ll find it there somewhere.

By Anonymous

‘The residents of GM do not want more development’ ?????!!! I think you’re on the wrong site for that!

By Realist

Dan – how do you suggest finding homes for Manchester‘s raising population? Putting up tents?

By George

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