Plan for Homes, Jobs and Environment

Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment
(Greater Manchester Spatial Framework 2019 Draft)


The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation closed March, 18th 2019 and responses are now available to view.

Where to view Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment

The plan for Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment (the spatial framework) can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf:

What is this plan and why do we need it?

Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment (the spatial framework) has been put together by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which comprises the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the leaders of Greater Manchester's ten local councils.

This plan is about providing the right homes, in the right places, for people across our city region. It’s about creating jobs and improving infrastructure to ensure the future prosperity of Greater Manchester.

The plan talks about jobs and homes, but it’s about so much more than bricks and mortar. It's about reducing inequalities, improving the lives of our residents, and transforming Greater Manchester into the world-leading city-region we know it can be.

The plan focuses on making the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites, prioritising redevelopment of town centres and other sustainable locations. It will also help to address the housing crisis with a minimum target of 50,000 additional affordable homes – 30,000 of which will be social housing.

This rewritten plan focuses more heavily on the environment. We’ve ensured there is an overall reduction in proposed green belt release of more than 50% by removing some areas that had been earmarked for development in the previous plan, reducing the loss of green belt within sites, and proposing additions to the green belt.

We have to prove we have enough land available to deliver the homes people need up until 2037. If we don't, we will have less control over the future shape of Greater Manchester, and growth will take place without being properly planned for the benefit of all.

If we get this plan right, we can do it our way and steer development in a way that works for us - delivering the coordinated, strategic improvements we need in the city region.

What the plan covers

This plan:

  • sets out how Greater Manchester should develop up until 2037;
  • identifies the amount of new development that will come forward across the 10 districts, in terms of housing, offices, and industry and warehousing, and the main areas in which this will be focused;
  • supports the delivery of key infrastructure, such as transport and utilities;
  • protects the important environmental assets across the city region;
  • allocates sites for employment and housing outside of the existing urban area; and
  • defines a new green belt boundary for Greater Manchester
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