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GMSF consultation set to begin

The consultation into the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is due to open today, after the 10 council leaders and Mayor Andy Burnham approved the rewritten statutory document at a Combined Authority meeting on Friday.

Revealed last week, the long-awaited second version of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework outlines the sites, including some Green Belt release, which will be used to deliver a minimum of 201,000 new homes by 2037, mainly focused in Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Oldham, alongside 65m sq ft of employment space.

Of the homes, 50,000 are to be classed as affordable, with at least 30,000 available as social housing. The planned employment development includes 24m sq ft of offices, and 42m sq ft of warehouses.

The consultation will be open from Monday 14 January until Monday 18 March. You can give your views here:

Compared to the previous iteration, the release of Green Belt has been cut by half. There are still some significant releases though, including around the M62 corridor for employment development, and Timperley Wedge in Trafford, for residential.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “After the first spatial framework consultation in 2016 we listened to the public and I ensured this plan was radically rewritten and bold in its ambitions. We are ready to listen again to the views people have on this plan and take account of them.

“The plan sets out to lay the foundations for radical reform across housing, growing our economy and creating jobs, the environment, and transport to ensure Greater Manchester continues to thrive.

“With the support of local people, we will be able to build a Greater Manchester that will allow everyone to grow up, get on and grow old.”

The full plan and executive summary is available from today, however background documents on housing need, town centres, and the natural environment, will not be published until the 21 January, and will be available here:

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