The long-awaited Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has been delayed further due to a row between Stockport and Tameside over the proposed expansion of the industrial estate, which lies on the border of the two boroughs.
The latest draft of the GMSF, the document that allocates land for housing and employment across the 10 Greater Manchester authorities, was due to be published for consultation on Monday but is now not expected tobe published until November at the earliest, due to a disagreement between the two councils.
The site in question, which spans 76 acres between the industrial park and the River Tame, has long been earmarked for redevelopment and was included in the 2016 GMSF draft.
Developer Quorum is behind an £80m plan called Bredbury Gateway to build 25 units, ranging in size from 10,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft, at the park, increasing its footprint by 1.2m sq ft.
However, Tameside Council has raised concerns over the large scale of the Bredbury Gateway scheme, designed by AEW Architects, and the environmental impact it claims it would have on the Tame Valley.
In an attempt to placate Tameside, it is understood that Stockport Council has tabled scaled back proposals for the site that are now being worked into the GMSF, causing the delays.
A Tameside Council spokesperson said: “The planning impact of Bredbury Park Industrial Estate has been a longstanding issue that both councils have been working hard to resolve.
“We are all keen to get the GMSF in place for the benefit of the whole of Greater Manchester in order to achieve the twin aims of protecting the Green Belt while creating economic growth.” Stockport Council has also been contacted for comment.
A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority said: “Our plan for homes, jobs and the environment, the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, is currently being finalised and will be published once necessary final changes have been made.”
The GMSF’s publication has already been delayed from earlier this year due to Covid-related and other challenges.