RE­GIONAL PLAN­NING BLUE­PRINT DE­LAYED

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Jen­nifer Wil­liams

THE lat­est ver­sion of Greater Manch­ester’s con­tentious spa­tial frame­work won’t be un­veiled un­til July, it has been con­firmed, push­ing back its timetable by a month.

It is un­der­stood the de­lay is in large part due to the re­cent change of lead­er­ship in Traf­ford, where the new Labour mi­nor­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion had promised to scrap a chunk of the bor­ough’s orig­i­nal plan.

In the lo­cal elec­tions, Labour had promised to with­draw pro­pos­als for more than 300 homes on green belt in Flix­ton - a move it has now con­firmed with the mayor.

As a re­sult the author­ity may need to find more space in order to hit its hous­ing need, an ex­er­cise its new leader An­drew Western has now tasked chief ex­ec­u­tive Theresa Grant with car­ry­ing out.

Else­where in the conur­ba­tion there are other ar­eas yet to fi­nalise their plans, in­clud­ing Old­ham, where new leader Sean Field­ing is hop­ing to get more hous­ing into ma­jor re­gen­er­a­tion schemes in Old­ham town cen­tre. Coun­cil bosses have been try­ing to draw up a longterm blue­print for hous­ing and new busi­nesses for two years, but have been hit by po­lit­i­cal dis­agree­ments and a back­lash from res­i­dents about plans to de­velop on green belt.

After mayor Andy Burn­ham took up post last May, he promised to ‘rad­i­cally’ re­vise the orig­i­nal plan and after some in­ter­nal dis­cus­sion it was agreed that a new draft would be com­pleted by June of this year.

How­ever, the changes at the top of Traf­ford and Old­ham - along with dif­fi­cul­ties in find­ing enough hous­ing space in Stock­port with­out sub­stan­tially build­ing on green belt - means the rewrit­ten ver­sion will now be de­layed by a month.

Greater Manch­ester mayor Andy Burn­ham, said: “The Greater Manch­ester Spa­tial Frame­work is vi­tal for the suc­cess of our city re­gion and rep­re­sents our best chance to solve the hous- ing cri­sis. It will be a bold, am­bi­tious plan to en­sure that we have the right homes and jobs in the right places, and the trans­port con­nec­tions and in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port de­vel­op­ments.

“So we need to make sure that this plan is as good as it can be be­fore we ask Greater Manch­ester peo­ple what they think of it.

“There­fore we’ve re­vised the timetable for pub­li­ca­tion to do the ad­di­tional work nec­es­sary to set out a clear vi­sion for the fu­ture. This also dem- on­strates to the pub­lic that we are tak­ing ac­count of the is­sues raised dur­ing the re­cent lo­cal elec­tions.”

The plan’s pub­li­ca­tion will be fol­lowed by a 12-week con­sul­ta­tion - the sec­ond such con­sul­ta­tion to be held on the frame­work - be­fore the re­sults are an­a­lysed, amend­ments made and a fi­nal ver­sion pub­lished.

It is likely to need in­di­vid­ual rat­i­fi­ca­tion by each Greater Manch­ester town hall, be­fore be­ing sent to the gov­ern­ment for ap­proval.

Land south of the ex­ist­ing Stake­hill busi­ness park is part of the orig­i­nal Old­ham plan and Andy Burn­ham, be­low, who has ex­plained the need for the de­lay

Andy Burn­ham

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