Councils launch consultation on Greater Manchester spatial framework

Out-Law News | 30 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am |

The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) has opened a consultation on the evidence base for plans to manage the supply of land in Greater Manchester over the next two decades.

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will become the overarching development plan document (DPD) for the ten local authorities forming AGMA to identify and make available land to support housing and employment growth in the area. It will be linked to the individual authorities' own local plans.

AGMA said in a statement that, because of the scale and distribution of development, the ten councils recognise the need to work together to produce a joint plan to manage land supply.

"We need to use this evidence to underpin a strategic discussion in Greater Manchester on how we manage our land supply to meet our aspirations for housing and employment growth," said Greater Manchester lead chief executive on planning and housing Eamonn Boylan.

"We need to go beyond the numbers game to discuss the sort of housing we need, and how that housing will help Greater Manchester keep and attract the skilled people we will need and the businesses which will provide future jobs," Boylan said.

The consultation is open for responses until 7 November. AGMA said that it will then develop options for the draft DPD over the next year, with a full consultation on the draft DPD expected to take place in 2016.