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PremierLeague-News.Com - Nine of Greater Manchester's boroughs want to create a new development plan called Places For Everyone
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A new jobs and housing masterplan which will replace the controversial Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) has received the backing from another borough. Manchester has formally added its name to the nine that will proceed with creating a joint plan called Places For Everyone. Leaders hope the document will prove more successful than the GMSF, which failed to win the support of Stockport council after enduring several rewrites since it was first announced in 2016. The GMSF set out how land across the city-region could be freed up for up to 180,000 new homes and hundreds of acres for industrial and employment uses. Read More Related Articles Controversial green belt sites in Oldham have been cut from the spatial framework's 'plan of nine' replacement Read More Related Articles ‘Plan of nine’ set to replace Greater Manchester Spatial Framework takes another step forward Green belt development also factored into the plan, prompting backlash from campaigners and opposition councillors in Stockport who voted against it in December. Rochdale green belt campaigners protesting the first spatial framework draft in 2017 (Image: Sean Hansford) With its abundance of brownfield sites Manchester was intended to absorb the housing demand of outlying boroughs, which would in turn reduce the need to build on the green belt. Speaking in December the council’s leader Sir Richard Leese said: “We should not underestimate the importance of a proper strategic planning framework, not least in the circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment. “The economic future of this city is completely intertwined as that of our neighbours, and it's incumbent on us to work with our neighbours for the common good.” Labour councillors pledged their support for Places for Everyone on March 31, having voted to support the GMSF before it was scrapped last year. Manchester, along with Salford, Trafford, Oldham, Tameside, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton and Wigan councils, will create a joint committee to oversee the development of Places for Everyone. Manchester Town Hall (Image: Mirrorpix) The new document is expected to share some of its predecessor’s policies, including a focus on zero carbon development and affordable housing. A report to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority added that it would maximize the use of sustainable urban and brownfield land and limit the need for building on the green belt. Sir Richard had warned Stockport opposition councillors before their deciding vote last year that if the GMSF was ‘scuppered’, the borough would still need to build an extra 5,000 homes.
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.” Last month Oldham council revealed that proposals for 430 homes and commercial space at Hanging Chadder and the former Robert Fletchers paper mill would not be carried forward.
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But it remains unclear if other councils will make any changes to the land allocations that had been set out in the last version of the GMSF. The document earmarked land for around 35,000 homes in Manchester city centre, along with 2.2m million square metres of office floorspace. An expansion of the MediPark and Global Logistics Hub near Manchester Airport was also proposed, as well as 20 new homes at Southwick Park in nearby Wythenshawe.
Manchester council’s Liberal Democrats had said in December that they were opposed to the last version of the GMSF, but were not against a development masterplan being developed for the city-region. Councillor John Leech, leader of the group, argued that the £81m provided to Greater Manchester by the government would not be enough to clear brownfield sites, and that this would put extra pressure to develop green spaces that are technically classed as brownfield sites. He added: “The issue for people across Greater Manchester, not just Liberal Democrats, is the decisions made by which areas of green belt are being proposed for development.”
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