Following the recent local elections, the timetable for the publication of the rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) has been revised, and the full plan will now be scheduled for release in July.
A second draft of the plan was set to be published in June 2018, but will now be published later in summer followed by a 12-week public consultation. This is as a result of significant extra work that is being done taking account of the implications of the recent local election results and to maximise the opportunities for town centre and brownfield development.
The GMSF has to be a plan to solve the housing crisis that will ensure we have the right land available in the right places to deliver the homes and jobs we need up to 2035, and will identify the new infrastructure required to achieve this.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:
“The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is vital for the success of our city region and represents our best chance to solve the housing crisis. It will be a bold, ambitious plan to ensure that we have the right homes and jobs in the right places, and the transport connections and infrastructure to support developments.
“So we need to make sure that this plan is as good as it can be before we ask Greater Manchester people what they think of it. Therefore we’ve revised the timetable for publication to do the additional work necessary to set out a clear vision for the future. This also demonstrates to the public that we are taking account of the issues raised during the recent local elections.”
Greater Manchester’s lead for housing, planning and homelessness, and City Mayor for Salford, Paul Dennett, said:
“Throughout the development of the new draft of the Spatial Framework we have committed to listening to and engaging with the public.
“The framework is a huge part of securing our shared future success and we are determined to ensure it is as good as it can be for the people of Greater Manchester.
“We will continue to keep the public updated on our progress as we carry out this important piece of work.”