Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Update on timetable for final round of consultation

Later this year, businesses, residents, and elected councillors and MPs across Greater Manchester will have the chance to input on Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment, the Spatial Framework. 

The wide-ranging Plan for Jobs, Homes and the environment has been shaped by two previous rounds of consultation in which thousands of people had their say. At this month’s meeting of Greater Manchester leaders, the timetable for the final stages of the consultation will be set out.

 The impact of COVID is being taken into account as far as is possible within the updated version and the latest evidence around viability and infrastructure delivery will be included. The pandemic has made planning for our future even more important and this plan can be a key tool in helping Greater Manchester recover and thrive.Greater Manchester leaders have decided to press ahead with the Spatial Framework process now given the threat of unplanned development and risk to the greenbelt if the city-region does not have a long term plan.

If approved by Greater Manchester leaders, the plan will be taken to each Council for approval later in the year and residents will then be asked if they believe the plan is ready to be submitted to Government.  The plan was previously shared in 2019 and leaders listened to the views of more than 17,000 residents, businesses and community groups.

Proposed timeline
In September and October the final draft of the plan will be subject to full scrutiny by all councillors across Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs.If approved for publication, the plan will be brought forward for an eight-week public consultation in early November, to give residents and stakeholders a chance to see how the plan has been changed in response to issues raised previously and to make formal representations on the plan. Previous consultations have all been informal stages in the plan making process.

Accompanying consultations 
Greater Manchester leaders are unveiling a clear single vision supported by three complimentary plans, including the Spatial Framework, that will accelerate the city-region’s 2038 zero carbon ambitions, build a greener economy and deliver a long term plan for development. Greater Manchester residents’ views will also be sought later this year on the Clear Air Plan and the common Minimum Licensing Standards for taxis and private hire vehicles. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted more than ever the importance of securing Greater Manchester’s long-term ambition to create a green and prosperous city-region.The Clean Air Plan, Spatial Framework and Minimum Licensing Standards plans form part of this vision, looking to offer a better quality of life for everyone living and working in the city-region.

Mayor of Greater Manchester,

Andy Burnham, said: “Greater Manchester has always been a place of progressive thinking, where we work together to achieve our potential.  We are now taking action to deliver real clarity about where we are going as we emerge from this crisis.  “We want quality homes, quality jobs, and space that allows us all to live happier, healthier lives. We have an unprecedented opportunity to build back cleaner, greener and better in Greater Manchester following the coronavirus pandemic, and we want this future to be shaped by the people who live and work here.“These plans will allow us to progress our plans to achieve our long-term ambitions, working together across our 10 local councils, to build a strong recovery while reducing inequalities.”

Read the paper on the proposed timeline hereRead the press release hereRead the GMSF webpages here

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