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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Publication Delay

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 16:35

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The publication of the next draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has been put back until October 2018, following revised population figures.  Greater Manchester leaders agreed to delay the publication and consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, following the publication of new official population projections.

CPRE Lancashire considers this to be good news as the official population estimates, published last month, showed slower projected growth in Greater Manchester’s population. This lower population growth is likely to mean there will also be lower household growth change in the household projections, which will impact on the spatial framework.
Jackie Copley, Planning Manager said: “We have campaigned hard to show 4,990 hectares of Green Belt do not need to be released for development.  An independent expert demographer commission by us, showed flaws in the original figures to the amount of 30,000 homes, and the new Brownfield Registers should show more brownfield opportunities for bringing forward needed homes and jobs within our existing urban places.  The new lower population estimate figures should help Greater Manchester Combined Authority avoid Green Belt intrusion entirely, or at the very least, a much reduced amount needed for release.”
To enable local people to better engage with their local planning authority we have produced a Brownfield Land Register Toolkit.  The Toolkit aims to help local people identify brownfield sites for inclusion on the Brownfield Registers held by the ten Councils.  We believe if the Registers are comprehensive and accurate more brownfield land will come forward for needed housing and open space in areas with a current deficit.  For more information on the Toolkit please click on the link to Brownfield Land Register Toolkit.
We were pleased with local Green Belt campaign successes in Trafford in Flixton and Turn Moss in Trafford as a result of a change in leadership. For more information see: 
CPRE is politically neutral, but we do support national and local policies that better protect Green Belt, rural landscapes and wider countryside and we ask our members and the public to be vigilant against preventable harm to the countryside and to understand that their vote does make a difference!

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