GMCA Lead Member for Planning and Housing, Cllr Richard Farnell said; “I welcome IPPR North’s Closer to Home Report.
“The report acknowledges that Greater Manchester continues to lead the way with housing devolution and some of the report’s recommendations are already being implemented here in Greater Manchester.
“The importance of joined up local plans like Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework (GMSF) is made clear by the report’s authors. Our bold plan, developed for Greater Manchester by Greater Manchester Leaders, will ensure that we have the homes and jobs to deliver continued sustainable economic growth for decades to come. Progress has been made on the GMSF since the report was written and the public consultation on first draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has been launched today. I’d encourage all residents to contribute and help shape the future of our city-region by going to http://gmsf-consult.objective.co.uk
“A lifting of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) land use restrictions, where brownfield opportunities alone are insufficient to deliver the housing supply that is needed, would warmly welcomed by Greater Manchester Leaders. Other recommendations from the report, including more flexibility across funding streams for housing and access to resources that can help us unlock stalled sites requiring significant investment in infrastructure or remediation would also help Greater Manchester to deliver the homes we need.