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Consultation on the first draft of Spatial Framework extended until January 16 2017

The deadline for receipt of comments is 23.59 on January 16th 2017

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has been consulting on the first draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework since 31 October. Many public events have taken place across the region and more than 32,000 people have logged on to our consultation website to find out more about the proposals and how to respond. The GMCA wants to make sure that everyone who wants to, has the opportunity to take part in the consultation, and some people have told us that they need longer so GMCA has decided to extend the consultation until the Monday 16 January 2017 (23.59)

Councillor Richard Farnell, lead member for planning and housing at GMCA, said

“We need to meet the needs of changing economy and ageing population. The framework is a once in a generation opportunity to invest in public transport and roads, public services, schools, health, skills and training. These are all important for sustainable growth.

There have been concerns raised over the proposed use of some carefully identified greenbelt land. Our focus is on brownfield land first. This will be in and around our towns, however there isn’t enough brownfield land to meet our housing needs. We are proposing releasing eight per cent of green belt.

“The only way to effectively protect greenbelt is to have a robust plan to provide for our housing and employment needs of the future – which is what GMSF sets out to do.

“I would like to thank the residents of Greater Manchester for engaging in this plan. We are extending the deadline to ensure that people have the opportunity to have their say.”

The second draft of the plan will be published in 2017 and there will be further consultation around this before the plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination in 2018.

Have your say

The deadline for comments is Monday 16 January 2017 at 23.59. 

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Article Published: 13/12/2018 20:59 PM