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21 Oct

Draft GMSF Published - Have Your Say

The long-awaited Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is due to be approved for consultation a week today.

The draft document has been published in the agenda to the joint meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and AGMA Executive Board on Friday 28th October. At the meeting, it is anticipated that members will approve the publication of the document for consultation between 31st October and 23rd December.

The Draft Framework, which will guide development between 2015 and 2035, sets out the vision and strategy across Greater Manchester for different areas within the combined authority area focussing on their strengths and contributions to the future development of Greater Manchester. Specific policies are set out for different types of development and land uses across the area to guide development and set standards to be adhered to. 

The key headlines of the Draft Framework are as follows:

  • A total of around 227,200 additional homes will be delivered in the plan period, to be split between each district;
  • A minimum of 2,450,000m² of office floorspace will be delivered, focussed across 4 key locations;
  • Around 4,000,000m² of industrial and warehousing floorspace in the plan period, with key locations identified;
  • Enhancement of retail, leisure and tourism.

In particular, in seeking to address the national issue of housing shortage, the Draft proposes a split across the authority areas as follows:

  • Bolton – 7%
  • Bury - 6%
  • Manchester – 24%
  • Oldham – 6%
  • Rochdale – 7%
  • Salford – 15%
  • Stockport – 9 %
  • Tameside – 6%
  • Trafford – 10%
  • Wigan – 10%

In addition to the policies to guide development the Framework proposes a significant level of site allocations, for a wide range of uses across the Borough, including proposals for the release of Green Belt land for development.

During the consultation period comments are invited on all aspects of the Framework. Following the consultation in late 2016, a review of the responses received will be undertaken and a consultation on the ‘Publication Plan’ is expected to take place in Summer 2017. Therefore, if you want to have your say on the proposed strategy and proposed allocations of the plan now is your chance!

If you would like NJL to assist you don’t hesitate to contact us, to make sure that you have your say on one of the most influential documents to have been published in Manchester in decades. This will shape the future of the region for years to come.

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 Images sourced from the GMSF document/GMCA website

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