Revised development plans for Greater Manchester

Revision comes after protests over a previous proposal for 225,000 new properties.

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In a rewrite of the first consultation released in 2016, more than 50,000 affordable homes will be built in Greater Manchester by 2038 under newly released plans to tackle the region’s “housing crisis”.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said in an opening statement to the report that among many concerns expressed, criticisms included the affordability of homes, transport congestion and development of green sites instead of brownfield land.

The latest draft of the Spatial Framework outlines plans for the development of 200,000 new homes, including a target for affordable homes for the first time.

The revised report also addresses the overall net loss of Green Belt, a previously introduced policy for controlling urban growth.

Although the net loss of Green Belt has been halved compared with the 2016 draft, most of the sites bookmarked for development remain.

Proposals are to include the reduction in the number of proposed sites, reducing the loss of Green Belt within sites and proposing ‘new’ Green Belt additions.

Green Belt forms 47% of Greater Manchester, but this would reduce to 45% if the revised proposals are implemented.

Other proposals as part of the new Spatial Framework include:

• Addressing the carbon and energy policy, which sets out plans to make Greater Manchester carbon neutral by 2038
• Plans to improve the transport network so that more than 50% of all journeys can be made by walking, cycling and public transport by 2040
• Development of Salford Central Station
• Mayoral powers are to be used to regenerate a major town centre, working with Stockport Council to consult on bringing forward a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) for the town
• Plans to bring levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) within legal limits – currently being developed by all 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester

Speaking on the revised plans, Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Together, we are harnessing the full power of the most advanced devolution deal of any city-region in England for the benefit of our three million residents.

“And we are putting together the pieces of the jigsaw to reveal the big picture – a Greater Manchester where prosperity, opportunity, health, hope and happiness are widely and fairly shared across all our people and places.”

He added: “The shift towards redeveloping our towns not only breathes new life into them but also relieves pressure to build on the city-region’s green belt.

“It is a tough time for the high-street, but with Greater Manchester’s bold vision we can make our proud towns a success story once again.”

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