GMSF consultation officially open

GMSF consultation officially open

The draft plan of the new Greater Manchester Spatial Framework was revealed last week and today (Monday 21st January) the official consultation launched for people to have their say.

The framework outlines ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester one of the best places to live and work in the world.

Residents can see the draft plan and give their views via the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation portal which will be hosted online.

Responses can also be given by email and post and a hard copy of the draft plan will also be placed in all libraries.

All comments must be received by Monday 18 March.

There will also be five drop-in events for residents with Wigan Council’s planning team at venues close to all the key sites.

These are:

  • Mosley Common: Tuesday 5 February, 4pm–7.30pm, St John’s Church Lounge, Mosley Common Road, Tyldesley, M28 1AN.
  • Winstanley/Hawkley: Friday 8 February, 4pm–7.30pm, Highfield Grange Community Centre, Highfield Grange Avenue, Marus Bridge, Wigan, WN3 6GH.
  • Atherton: Monday 11 February, 4pm–8pm, Atherton Community School, Hamilton Street, Atherton, M46 0AY.
  • Lowton/Pennington: Thursday 14 February, 4pm–7.30pm, Lowton C of E High School, Newton Road, Lowton, WA3 1DU.
  • Wigan: Tuesday 26 February, 4pm–7pm, Wigan Town Hall, Atrium, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1YN.

After the consultation closes the comments will inform a new draft to be published for consultation in summer 2019.

It will then be submitted for independent examination prior to being adopted.

Councillor David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s leader, said: “It is important that people have their say on this revised draft plan whether they agree with its new direction or still have concerns.

“We need to hear people’s views so that we can take this important process through to the next stage.

“We need a strategic plan so that we are in control of our destiny and development is made in the right places and in the right way.

“This plan is about delivering the right homes and jobs in Wigan Borough and across Greater Manchester.

“The plan focuses on making the best use of brownfield sites as well as regenerating all our town centres as places to live and protect our most valuable green spaces.

“It is right that this revised plan takes into account public concerns raised in the first consultation about allocating land on the green belt.

“This plan sees a reduction of more than 50% in the amount of green belt allocated and also protects more green land in the borough than before.

“I believe this plan strikes the right balance between protection of our best green spaces with the need for new homes, infrastructure and employment land in Wigan borough.”

In the revised draft plan there is a reduction in the proposed loss of green belt land in Wigan Borough from 4.6% to 1.8%. This is down from 490 hectares proposed in 2016 to 192 hectares in 2019.

The plan aims to provide the right homes and employment land in the right places for people living in the ten council districts that make up Greater Manchester.

It is a plan for growth, directing higher levels of new housing to the north of the city-region to assist in regeneration, reduce disparities between the north and south of GM, achieve a better distribution of skilled workers and broaden opportunities in Wigan Borough as a place to live.

Posted on Monday 21st January 2019

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