After this next phase ends, the spatial framework for Greater Manchester (minus Stockport) will be ready to submit to the Secretary of State.
Public consultation will run virtually through 3 October at gmconsult.org. During this time residents, businesses and local stakeholders will have a chance to share their feedback on the plan. Specifically, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is looking for feedback on whether the plan is sound and whether it is legally compliant.
To be deemed “sound,” the framework should promote economic growth and make provisions for development. It should also be backed up by robust evidence and based on effective and achievable policies. In addition, Places for Everyone should be consistent with national policies.
Places for Everyone has already received approval from councils in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
The plan changes up Green Belt designations, reducing the allocation of Green Belt land for development by 60% compared to the first draft of the plan in 2016. It also includes 20.5m sq ft of allocation for accessible office space and 35.8m sq ft of industrial and warehousing floors space. Places for Everyone also calls for 56,528 new homes to be built in the city of Manchester by 2037.
“Places for Everyone underpins a wider vision for Greater Manchester that will put us on the best possible footing to face the challenges of the future,” said Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, the chair of the Places for Everyone Joint Committee and GMCA Lead for Housing, Planning and Homelessness.
“[Places for Everyone] will mean we decide what kind of development takes place and where, maximising the use of brownfield land and urban spaces while protecting green belt land from the risk of unplanned development,” Dennett continued. “It will benefit our places and helps us recover from the pandemic, tackle housing inequality, and pave the way for a low-carbon economy.”