Deadline looms for GM sites call

Developers, landowners and advisors have until 11 January to respond to the call for sites issued by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of the process of drawing up the influential new spatial framework for the city region.

GMCA began the formal consultation proceedings for the 20-year planning blueprint in early November. The call for sites – “of any size and in any location” – formed part of that consultation, as the local authorities recognised the existing land alloications will not meet demand for homes and business space in the future. There was also commissioned a green belt assessment which is due to complete by the end of March 2016.

The GM Spatial Framework is aimed at ensuring the right land is in the right place to enable the delivery of the homes and jobs needed up to 2035, along with identifying the new infrastructure such as roads, rail, Metrolink and utility networks required to achieve this.

The call for sites is aimed at identifying areas of land for development of which authorities were not previously aware.

The submitted sites will be used to shape the ongoing development of the Draft Spatial Framework which is expected to be completed, ready for consultation, by the end of 2016.

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