There have been two previous consultations on the GMSF, one in 2016 and one in 2019.
The first draft of the GMSF (2016) saw more than 27,000 residents in Greater Manchester provide feedback, and the plans underwent significant review, including reducing Green Belt impact.
The second consultation took place in 2019. More than 17,500 people, businesses and community organisations responded.
The GMSF was further revised following the consultation in 2019. In October 2020 AGMA Executive Board recommended the GMSF 2020 Publication Plan and supporting background evidence to the ten districts with the intention that the districts approve Publication of the GMSF: Publication Plan 2020 pursuant to Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 for representations between December 1, 2020 and January 26, 2021; and Submission of the GMSF 2020: Publication Plan, to the Secretary of State for examination following the period for representations.
The decision at Stockport Council’s meeting on December 3, 2021 to not submit the GMSF 2020 to the Secretary of State for independent examination following the consultation period, and the subsequent resolution at its Cabinet meeting on December 4, 2021 not to publish the GMSF 2020 for consultation, signalled the end of the GMSF as a joint plan of the ten Districts of Greater Manchester.