Greater Manchester Leaders have agreed that the publication and consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) will now be delayed until October 2018 following the publication of new official population projections.
The most recent official population estimates showed slower projected growth in Greater Manchester’s population, likely to mean there will be lower household growth change in the household projections.
The GMSF will be Greater Manchester’s plan to ensure land is available in the right places to deliver the homes and jobs required over the next 20 years and will identify the new infrastructure required to achieve this.
Greater Manchester Leaders agreed at June’s GMCA meeting to delay the Spatial Framework consultation in order to make use of the most up-to-date figures to plan for the right number of new homes in the city-region.
Greater Manchester’s lead for housing, planning and homelessness, and City Mayor for Salford, Paul Dennett, said:
“The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework gives us the chance to realise our goal of making this city-region a place where everyone can grow up, get on and grow old.
“Together we can create a plan that builds the homes we need, enhances the protection of our valued green spaces and helps us create an economy from which everyone in Greater Manchester can benefit.
“We are taking great care to ensure that all relevant evidence is taken in to account as we complete the next draft of the Framework. This plan has to be is fit for Greater Manchester’s future.
“New population projections published last month predicted a slower future growth in Greater Manchester’s population. As a result, we now expect there to be lower growth in Greater Manchester’s household projections that are due to be published in September 2018.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:
“The Spatial Framework is critical to the future of Greater Manchester and we need to get this plan right. That is why Greater Manchester Leaders have taken the difficult decision to delay the Spatial Framework consultation until October this year.
“This will allow us to make sure that the most up to date official figures inform this plan. We have tried to be as open and transparent as possible throughout this process. I hope people will bear with us as we use these new projections to ensure we’re planning for the right number of new homes in Greater Manchester.
“We will be bringing a substantial update on the plan for the Spatial Framework consultation and timeline to July’s GMCA meeting so that people in Greater Manchester are kept up to date and involved in this process.”