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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is a joint plan for Greater Manchester that will provide the land for jobs and new homes across the city region, setting out ambitious plans as we seek to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world.

The framework, which is being produced by all 10 councils working together in partnership, will ensure that we have the right land available in the right places to deliver the homes and jobs we need up to 2035, and will identify the new infrastructure such as transport, schools, health centres and utility networks required to achieve this. By working in a coordinated way, we can ensure the right decisions can be taken both locally and at a Greater Manchester level.

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Draft spatial framework (2018)

Following a period of consultation on the draft spatial framework published in October 2016, work is now being done to produce a second version of the plan which will take into account the concerns raised, through a process that will remain open and transparent.

The redrafted spatial framework will aim to make the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites and reduce the impact on greenbelt. Making the most of brownfield sites, it will also set out how we enhance and protect the quality of the natural environment, conserve wildlife and tackle flood risks, so that we can accommodate growth sustainably.

It will give Greater Manchester the chance to ensure there is the right mix of homes across the city region, including truly affordable housing to allow young people to find a home in communities where they want to live.

The second draft of the plan is currently being developed and we're seeking urgent clarity from the government on housing figures so that we can progress as quickly as possible. Once drafted, we will publish the plan for consultation. 

When drafting the new version of the framework, we will take account of a range of information, including the public responses, and data such as the Government's view on what levels of housing is required, and the economic forecast for Greater Manchester. 

We will continue to listen to and engage with the public as the new draft of the plan is developed, as well as keeping the public updated on progress.

Draft spatial framework (2016)

In October 2016, the Combined Authority published its first draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. Following a period of consultation, the document is currently being rewritten and a revised draft will be published in the summer of 2018.

More than 27,000 responses were received as part of the initial consultation into the first draft of the framework.   Both positive and negative issues were raised during the initial consultation. These included:

  • Concerns about the amount of greenbelt land allocated for development. This was the single biggest issue which was raised during the consultation process.
  • Others recognised the need for new housing of all types and welcomed the ambition in the plan to provide much-needed housing
  • Concerns around effects on the environment and air quality
  • The potential for job creation which the GMSF highlights was welcomed.
  • The need to link developments to infrastructure improvements
  • The types of housing and jobs being created.

These consultation responses can now be viewed, and you can access the information here:

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