Greater Manchester Spatial Framework - Greater Manchester's plan for homes, jobs and the environment

Greater Manchester's Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment (the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, or GMSF for short) was being put together by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), which comprises the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the leaders of Greater Manchester's ten local councils.

The intention was that the GMSF would:

  • Set out how Greater Manchester should develop over the next two decades up to the year 2037;
  • Identify the amount of new development that will come forward across the ten districts in terms of housing, offices and industry and warehousing, and the main areas in which this will be focused;
  • Protect the important environmental assets across the conurbation;
  • Allocate sites for employment and housing outside of the urban area;
  • Support the delivery of key infrastructure, such as transport and utilities; and
  • Define a new Green Belt boundary for Greater Manchester.

Whilst one of the key purposes of the GMSF was to make provision for the homes and jobs needed across Greater Manchester in a co-ordinated and managed way, it was also about establishing a framework for reducing inequalities, improving the lives of our residents, and transforming Greater Manchester into the world-leading city-region we know it can be.

However, following the decision of Stockport Council in December 2020 to not approve the GMSF 2020 for Regulation 19 consultation or submission, the GMSF is no longer being progressed.

Places for Everyone

At the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Executive Board meeting on 12 February, the remaining nine districts (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan) agreed to form a new joint committee to develop an alternative long-term plan for jobs, new homes, and sustainable growth across their boroughs. This new plan will be known as 'Places for Everyone'. It means that the nine remaining Greater Manchester councils can continue to plan collectively to deal with cross-boundary and strategic planning issues.

This webpage will be updated in due course to provide information on the processes and timescales for the preparation of the Places for Everyone joint plan.

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