Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

This consultation has now closed.
Consultation on the revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) ran for an eight week period from Monday 21 January to Monday 18 March 2019.

What is the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework?

The GMSF is about providing the right homes, in the right places for people across our City Region. It’s about creating jobs and improving infrastructure to ensure the future prosperity of Greater Manchester. It means that the 10 Greater Manchester councils can plan collectively to deal with cross boundary and strategic planning issues until 2037. Without the plan we will have less control over the future shape of Greater Manchester.

The first complete draft of the GMSF was published in October 2016, to which a large number of comments were received on the plans. The main issue raised was about proposed development allocations on land currently within the Green Belt.

A revised version of the GMSF was published for consultation in January 2019. The GMSF aims to make the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites first and reduce the impact on Green Belt, which for example in Trafford will mean no development on Green Belt land in Flixton. It means that enough land has been identified in Trafford for the following:

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

Across Greater Manchester as a whole there will be a real focus on the delivery of affordable housing with the aim of delivering at least 50,000 new affordable homes. A priority for Trafford Council is to build high quality homes to meet housing need in Trafford.

Once adopted, the GMSF will become part of the statutory development plan for each of the 10 Greater Manchester authorities, including Trafford. However, the GMSF will not cover everything and Trafford will still need to produce a Local Plan which will provide further detail to cover local issues and demonstrate how the framework will be delivered on the ground.

You can find out more information on the GMSF on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority webpage.

Frequently asked questions

The FAQs below contain further information on the GMSF. These were produced as part of the GMSF 2019 consultation and remain available for information.

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