Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment
(Greater Manchester Spatial Framework 2020 Draft)
Later this year, businesses, residents and elected councillors across Greater Manchester will have the chance to input on Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment, the Spatial Framework through the final stage of public consultation.
The final stage of consultation was due to take place earlier this year, but was postponed as a result of the pandemic.
This week, (September 7, 2020) Greater Manchester leaders will lay out a new timeline at a special meeting of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. Following approval by all council leaders, elected representatives from all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities will be asked to consider and approve the plan throughout October.
If all 10 councils agree, the plan will then be brought forward for eight weeks of public consultation from early November 2020. This stage will give all residents and stakeholders a chance to see how the plan has evolved in response to issues previously raised, and to submit any formal representations. The evidence base for the plan will be published around four weeks ahead of the formal consultation period, allowing people to view and familiarise themselves with the content.
At the end of the final consultation phase, the plan will be prepared for submission to Government next year. Following a public examination and approval by the Secretary of State, the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework would be ready for adoption by 2022.
If approved by Greater Manchester leaders, the plan will be taken to each Council for approval later this year and residents will then be asked if they believe the plan is ready to be submitted to Government.
(Greater Manchester Spatial Framework 2019 Draft)
The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation closed March, 18th 2019.
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:
- Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment (FULL DRAFT)
- Greater Manchester's Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment (OVERVIEW)
- Download a pdf of the full draft
- Download a pdf of the overview document
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
- 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
Bold plans for our city-region’s future
Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment, is just one of a number of radical plans designed to ensure the city-region can thrive at a time of national uncertainty.
- Greater Manchester gears up to build back greener - news item
- Greater Manchester launches Spatial Framework Consultation - news item
- Greater Manchester leaders reveal bold plans for city-region’s future – news item
- Future of Greater Manchester report – Combined Authority paper
- Keynote speech from Andy Burnham on the Future of Greater Manchester – news item