Other potential sites

Your questions answered

Why have the proposed sites been chosen?  

  • Stakeholders were asked if they could identify sites that could be brought forward to meet needs and address the shortfall in housing and employment
  • Nearly 900 sites have been put forward in a 'Call for Sites' exercise and officers from the ten districts have considered these and other sites identified by the ten districts against a range of different factors to help determine which areas offered the best opportunities for meeting needs in the most sustainable locations
  • This included looking at how well the sites were connected to existing urban areas and whether there were opportunities for new infrastructure provision, particularly public transport/cycling/walking connections
  • In Bury, there are opportunities to release green belt land that is contained by the existing urban area - 'Green Belt Islands'. This means that much of the growth proposed in Bury is 'inward growth' as opposed to unsustainable 'urban sprawl' which would not give the same opportunities to tap into and improve existing infrastructure.

What about the other sites that have been put forward through the 'Call for Sites'? 

  • There are a number of sites that were suggested across Greater Manchester that are not proposed to be taken forward in the draft GMSF
  • In Bury, around 80 sites in the green belt have been suggested as development sites that are not included in the GMSF draft proposals
  • These sites amount to over 500 hectares of land and could accommodate in the region of 15,000 new homes if they were released.

Are the sites identified in the draft GMSF final?

  • It is important to realise that this stage of the plan is very early in the process and that it is a consultation document
  • A lot more work needs to be done to consider the potential opportunities of the proposed sites (and other sites) before the GMSF finalises what sites will eventually be released from the green belt or the amount of development within them
  • Some of the proposed sites may not be taken forward in the next stages of the GMSF and other sites may be added
  • This will depend on a number of factors, including the need for more detailed work to understand how new infrastructure can be provided to accommodate the proposals.

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