The Housing the Powerhouse campaign has said that Manchester faces a shortfall of 64,000 homes over the next 20 years if the planning targets being proposed within the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework are approved.
The Housing the Powerhouse coalition is made up of several large housebuilders, backed by the Home Builders Federation and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
The coalition believes that housing targets in Greater Manchester should be increased to 16,000 homes each year over the next 20 years and that the lower proposals of either 7,300 or 10,350 homes which are being considered as part of the consultation on the spatial framework should be scrapped.
The higher target of 16,000 homes will create 30,000 new construction jobs every year according to Housing the Powerhouse, while the lower targets could produce a shortfall of 64,000 homes over the next 20 years.
Housing the Powerhouse has outlined its case to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in a response to the latest round of consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
The latest ‘objectively assessed need’ document proposes a lower number of new homes than was previously suggested during the first round of consultation in 2014, although planners and economists are warning that this could put a stranglehold on Greater Manchester’s growth.
Other concerns from Housing the Powerhouse include:
- many calculations used to predict growth and housing need are out of date. HS2 alone could boost productivity in Greater Manchester by up to £1.3bn a year within five years of opening, and this is not reflected in the current strategy
- little analysis of the suitability of land already identified for development, many sites have had planning consent for many years and are now not regarded as ideal for residential use
- not enough focus on new family homes and too much reliance on city centre apartments, 46% of homes in proposed land supply are for one and two person households
- need for affordable housing is not properly addressed, with households across the UK are already losing out on £3.2bn a year due to soaring rents and mortgage payments
Matthew Good of the Home Builders Federation and member of the Housing the Powerhouse coalition, said: “The Combined Authority must face up to its responsibility and take this once-in-a-generation opportunity to plan for the homes that Greater Manchester needs. We urge them to work with the house building industry to deliver the mix of homes future generations will require and so prevent a slide towards a London-style housing crisis.
“Building enough homes will help secure Manchester’s long term economic and social future and ensure the area helps deliver the wider vision for a Northern Powerhouse.”
The consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework closes at midnight on 11 January 2016. To take part visit https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/gmsf
- Members of the Housing the Powerhouse, led by the Home Builders Federation, are Barratt Homes, Bloor Homes, David Wilson Homes, Emerson Group/Orbit Developments, Gladman Developments, HIMOR Group, Jones Homes, Peel Group and Taylor Wimpey UK. The campaign is backed by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.