Have your say about the GMSF proposals

Trafford Council wants the public to have its say on plans outlining how the borough will deliver thousands of new homes and jobs over the next 20 years.

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The proposals are contained in Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment also known as The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, which identifies the land required to meet local housing and employment needs across the region.

Ten Greater Manchester councils, including Trafford, can plan collectively to deal with cross boundary and strategic planning issues.

Its aim is to ensure that the right land is available in the right places to deliver the homes, jobs and infrastructure needed in the coming years.

Trafford is planning a series of consultation events which are informal drop-in sessions where you can find out more about the plans and talk to council planning officers.

They are due to take place at the following venues and there is no need to make an appointment:

  • All Saints Church, Hale Barns, Tuesday, February 5th between 4pm and 7pm
  • Stretford Library, Monday, February 11th between 4pm and 7pm
  • Carrington Business Park, Thursday, February 14th between 4pm and 7pm
  • Sale Library, Monday, February 18, between 3.30pm and 6.30pm
  • Sale West Youth Centre, Tuesday 19th February, between 4pm and 7pm
  • Urmston Library, Tuesday, February 26th between 4pm and 7pm
  • Altrincham Library, Wednesday February 27th between 4pm and 7pm

The first complete draft of the spatial framework was published in October 2016, and a large number of comments were received about the development allocations on land currently within the Green Belt.

The revised version aims to make the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites and reduce the impact on Green Belt. It means that enough land has been identified in Trafford for the following:

  • 20,500 new homes
  • Around 690,000 sq. m of industry and warehousing
  • Just over 200,000 sq. m of office accommodation

However it is thought that much of Trafford’s green belt will be affected, Timperley Wedge and a tiny bit of Carrington Moss are thought to be places where new housing developments are to be built, Green belt land in Partington will also be at risk, once this green belt goes it will never be replaced, once it is gone…its gone forever!


Andrew Western 

Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, said: “We’ve listened to public worries by reviewing the land supply within the urban area and have reduced the amount of proposed development on Green Belt land in Trafford while at the same time meeting our ambitions for economic growth.

“I would urge as many Trafford residents as possible to read what we are proposing and to give their views because we want their support as we continue to make Trafford a great place to live and work.”

For more details about the framework and how to give your views go to https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/GMSF


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