A plan to deliver 30,000 social homes will be presented later today as part of a comprehensive package of measures intended to deliver strong growth across the Manchester city region.
GM Mayor Andy Burnham, alongside deputy mayors Sir Richard Leese and Bev Hughes, and the leaders of the 10 councils making up the city region, will present an outline of the housing and transport plans later today.
These are set out in the new revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF). The document has been “radically rewritten” according to the combined authority, after public responses to the original version sent it back to the drawing board. This time round, there is a greater focus on preserving green belt land.
The plan focuses on making the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites and prioritises the redevelopment of town centres and other “sustainable locations”. It will also help to address the housing crisis with a minimum target of 50,000 additional affordable homes – 30,000 of which, it claims, will be social housing.
“When we consulted people on the first spatial framework, the public were clear that we hadn’t got the balance right,” said GM Mayor, Andy Burnham. “We listened, reflected, and can now present a radical re-write as promised. It also lays the foundations for radical reform in other policy areas such as housing, the environment and transport.
“Together, we are harnessing the full power of the most advanced devolution deal of any city region in England for the benefit of our three million residents. And we are putting together the pieces of the jigsaw to reveal the big picture – a Greater Manchester where prosperity, opportunity, health, hope and happiness are widely and fairly shared across all our people and places.”
Furthermore, in what has been called a UK first, it is proposed that a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) should be established to regenerate Stockport’s town centre. The combined authority said the mayor is working with the borough’s council to consult on such a move.
Other measures that will be presented by the city region’s leaders cover transport links, improving the environment and air quality, support for young people, and new opportunities for business and jobs.
Burnham added: “As we outline the city region’s new plans for homes and jobs, transport infrastructure, clean air and the environment, I want to highlight Greater Manchester’s commitment to putting people at the heart of everything we do. We are a city region with a radical spirit in our DNA – we have always delivered industrial innovations whilst never forgetting the people that power that economy.
“Greater Manchester’s Plan for Jobs, Homes and the Environment is a plan for the people, set to make Greater Manchester the very best place to grow up, get on and grow old.”
The revised plans, published today, will be formally discussed at a meeting of the GMCA on 11 January.