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NEXT STEPS IN SPATIAL FRAMEWORK ANNOUNCED

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, which is being produced by all 10 councils working together in partnership, is to ensure that the right land is available in the right places to deliver the homes and jobs needed up to 2035, and identify the new infrastructure such as transport, schools, health centres and utility networks required to achieve this.

A second draft will take into account concerns raised by some members of the public during the first consultation period, and aim to make the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites and reduce the impact on greenbelt.

Paul Dennett, City Mayor of Salford and Greater Manchester Combined Authority lead member for housing, planning and homelessness, said:

“The Mayor of Greater Manchester and council leaders have discussed the next steps for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

“To do justice to the 27,000 responses received as part of the initial consultation, and to demonstrate continued trust and transparency in the process, we agreed a timetable with a series of steps leading up to the publication of the revised plan.

“This process will start in September with the publication of the responses to the initial consultation. This will be followed later in the year by the publication of data and associated sources of information such as population estimates which will help us calculate the requirements for housing and employment.”

Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, who took over responsibility for Bury Council’s approach to the Spatial Framework in May said:

“We are fully supportive of the GM Mayor’s approach which will aim to reduce the level of green belt lost, add new land into the green belt and focus on development of brownfield sites first for housing and employment land.

“Although the Spatial Framework is a Government led initiative it is important that we stamp a local mark on it which best suits the needs of our population.

“Bury Council is committed to prioritising the development of brownfield land to meet housing need as well as providing as much affordable housing as possible.

“A new draft of the plan should be available in June 2018 which will then be subject to a full 12 week public consultation.”

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