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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework meeting

Friday, 09 December 2016 13:14

The Lancashire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) held a well-attended public meeting to discuss the CPRE response and key issues to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework on the 7 December 2016 in Manchester.

Nick Thompson CPRE Lancashire Chair introduced key challenges for the countryside as part of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. CPRE wants an improved quality of natural environment in both rural and urban as Greater Manchester develops in the future.

Jackie Copley Planning Manager presented evidence from an expert independent demographer on why it is believed the scale of housing, and jobs, is simply too high based on false growth assumptions. She also covered issues of reusing brownfield land and how to get the best from higher density building formats in central locations.

Paul Miner Senior Planning Campaigner at CPRE National Office spoke with regards to the value of Green Belt protected land and the need for the designation to be properly recognised as Greater Manchester is planned.

Attendees were provided the opportunity to ask questions and were supported in how to engage with the planners and politicians through evidence based written responses to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The deadline for responses has now been extended until 16 January 2017.

The CPRE draft response and demographic study is attached below for information.

CPRE encourages local people to write their own responses echoing our key campaign points along with details of how the loss of their local green belt will adversely impact them and their communities. Responses should be sent by 16 January 2017 and should be sent to the Consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

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