Greater Manchester Spatial Framework - Implications for infrastructure

Implications for infrastructure

How will the current road network cope?

  • Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) have been involved in the process of developing the draft GMSF
  • Opportunities have been identified on the proposed sites to improve public transport connections and make improved links to destinations by cycling and walking
  • Work will continue to identify the requirements for new transport and the necessary additions and improvements that may be required to the road network and public transport to enable the proposals to come forward
  • Sites will only be taken forward in the next stages of the GMSF if it can be demonstrated that appropriate transport infrastructure can be implemented to make the development workable.
  • Even when the sites are eventually identified in the adopted GMSF, planning applications will still need to be submitted whereby proposals will scrutinised to assess detailed infrastructure requirements.   

What will be the impact on schools and other social/physical infrastructure? 

  • The delivery of 12,500 new homes in the borough will increase the demand for a range of social infrastructure facilities, including schools
  • It is important to note that it will take many years before the proposed sites are built out, so the demand on social infrastructure and schools will not be immediate
  • Nevertheless, the draft GMSF includes a policy that seeks to ensure that the development proposals make an appropriate contribution to support the provision of new and improved education facilities
  • Likewise, development proposals will need to demonstrate that service infrastructure (e.g. electricity, drainage, sewage networks etc) will need to be upgraded to enable development to take place
  • The development of the proposed sites is likely to provide opportunities to upgrade existing services in the existing communities around the sites, bringing new investment to address existing issues.     

What about the impact on flood risk?

  • All developments will need to demonstrate that they will not increase the risk of flooding within and outside of the site
  • New developments will be controlled to minimise the amount of properties at risk of flooding, including existing properties
  • To achieve this, there will be a need to maximise opportunities for sustainable drainage systems within the new developments, which could help benefit the wider communities
  • The ten local authorities are working with the Environment Agency to identify and increase flood water storage capacity to reduce flood risk across the conurbation and some of the proposed sites around the conurbation may be key to delivering this infrastructure.

Consultation now closed

Formal consultation on the first draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has now ended. The consultation period ran from 31 October 2016 to 16 January 2017.

All comments received during this period will be considered and used to inform how the plan is taken forward.

If you would like to know more about the GMSF or would like to register an interest in receiving further information and updates about the GMSF as they become available, you can do so at Greater Manchester Combined Authority - Greater Manchester Spatial Framework or by emailing


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