Covid-19, while a challenge, should be viewed as an opportunity to shape the future of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs and drive meaningful development, public and private sector experts told a Place North West event.
The council may back out of work to prepare the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework over concerns that the Government's forthcoming planning reforms would render any framework out of date soon after adoption.
Salford City Council has slammed the Government’s planning white paper, saying the proposed reforms “remove citizens’ rights to influence individual developments”, in a motion put forward by the city mayor Paul Dennett.
The latest version of the long-awaited Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will be published for consultation in November, and is intended to form part of the city-region's wider response to the impact of the pandemic on local development.
The council had been looking for a development partner to regenerate the 81,000 sq ft retail complex in Altrincham town centre but has shelved the plans, instead appointing consultancy CBRE to conduct an appraisal on the impact of the pandemic on the scheme.