GM Spatial Framework

balance-of-developmentA summary of my response to the 2016/17 consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is available to download here;

Covering Letter

Policy response

Site response


A summary of my submission is as follows

  • I recognise the need for and support the development of the GMSF (Greater Manchester Strategic Framework), to provide long term planning on housing, employment, transport and public service infrastructure across Greater Manchester. As the city region receives further devolved powers from government this will become even more important
  • The evidence base for housing growth supports an aggressive growth strategy which the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) may feel is desirable, but is not essential to meet housing demand and is unlikely to deliver balanced growth
  • The evidence base adopted to inform growth isn’t robust, nor does it provide an accurate forecast of likely growth in population and housing numbers.
  • Oldham meets its assessed housing supply needs in line with DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) projections without the need to develop Greenbelt land, or other protected open space
  • The proposals represent a significant overdevelopment of the north of the borough of Oldham which will damage the character of many neighbourhoods
  • There is an absence of meaningful proposals to redevelop Brownfield sites and to redevelop existing neighbourhoods and employment sites
  • Oldham and Rochdale are already providing a ‘fair share’ of industrial land in that they provide a quarter of existing industrial land supply for the whole of Greater Manchester
  • That the plan should be subject to a vote by each council (Full Council) prior to a vote taking place by the members of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and before submission to the Secretary of State