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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework: economic analysis

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework: economic analysis

CPRE has responded to all stages of the development of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. Consultation on the areas of Environment, Homes and Jobs closed on 19th March 2019, and a further consultation will commence in Autumn 2019.


CPRE welcomes some positive changes, such as the concentration of new development in city and town centres, the brownfield preference, a focus on and investment in integrated transport hubs, the creation of new Green Belt land and proposals to reduce the Green Belt loss originally proposed by half. Other important ambitions include proposals for a zero carbon by 2038 target, a linked policy of no shale gas exploration, and calls for air quality improvements.

However, the plan could still be improved. There is more brownfield land available than is recorded in the brownfield registers, and accurately recording these sites would reduce the amount of Green Belt land for which the exceptional circumstances necessary for release could be demonstrated.

We welcome that the revised draft has 30,000 fewer dwellings, but think that this number could be further reduced, and also believe that jobs growth is too high. CPRE has commissioned an economic analysis (report can be downloaded below) to inform our response to the GMSF which demonstrates that the jobs requirement is too high.

We will continue to engage with the plan process.

Download CPRE's response and economic analysis via the links below. 

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