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Urgent call for clarity on housing figures

Leaders also commit to ensuring that the formal draft spatial framework plan is put before each council to ensure real democratic debate and scrutiny.

Greater Manchester’s mayor and 10 council leaders have called on the government to provide urgent clarity on housing figures as they seek to bring forward the second draft of the GMSF for consultation.

Recently published Office for National Statistics (ONS) population figures and household projections have created new assumptions for housing growth but the Government’s decision to apply a new formula to them means the Spatial Framework can’t proceed until it is published.

In response, Greater Manchester’s mayor and leaders have united to demand the government acts quickly and publishes its revised methodology to determine the number of homes that the city-region would be required to build.

Mayor and local leaders make joint statement

“Right now the Government is moving the goalposts and making this process more difficult.  We have made real progress towards agreeing a rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, but this uncertainty around the housing figures is delaying our final decisions and compromising our ability to get on with strategic planning in Greater Manchester." Read more...

Greater Manchester’s lead for housing, homelessness and infrastructure, Paul Dennett, said: "For the GMSF to be a success we have to ensure that the Greater Manchester public are fully involved in this process. That means real transparency, accountability and democratic debate - not just at a Greater Manchester level but also at a local level, especially given the relationship between the Spatial Framework and Local Plans across Greater Manchester’s 10 councils." 


If you've not seen it already, take a look at our new consultation platform. It's been designed to make the consultation process easier and more straightforward. The spatial framework consultation will be hosted here when it goes live.

Addressing housing shortfall

An innovative partnership between GMCA and Greater Manchester Housing Providers is aiming to build hundreds of homes a year to help address the shortfall of housing in the city region. 

Mayor's Question Time

Andy regularly holds Question Time events at different locations across Greater Manchester. They're a great opportunity for you to come and meet Andy and talk about all things Greater Manchester. They're also streamed live.

Housing options as we age

New research from Greater Manchester shows many older people are staying put until a sudden crisis, such as divorce, eviction or failing health, forces them to move.  


Keep up with the latest GMCA meetings relating to housing and planning:
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