Greater Manchester spatial framework

The Mayor of Greater Manchester and the ten local authorities in Greater Manchester are working together on Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment, also known as the Revised Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF). 

The GMSF will cover the whole of Greater Manchester and will set out how Greater Manchester should develop up to make it one of the best places to live and work in the world. It will:

  • 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
  • Define a new Green Belt boundary for Greater Manchester.

Some of the major decisions regarding Salford’s future development will be taken through the GMSF, such as identifying the number of additional homes that need to be built in the city each year. All decisions about whether Green Belt boundaries in Salford should be altered, including whether any existing Green Belt should be de-designated so that it can be developed, will be made through the GMSF.

Revised Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)

The Revised Draft GMSF proposes that the following sites in Salford be de-designated as Green Belt and allocated for development:  

  • GM Allocation 30 Hazelhurst Farm (400 dwellings)
  • GM Allocation 31 East of Boothstown (300 dwellings)
  • GM Allocation 32 North of Irlam Station (1,600 dwellings)
  • GM Allocation 33 Extension of Port Salford (320,000m2 employment floorspace)

The Revised Draft GMSF is also proposing that some land in Salford is added to the Green Belt, which would result in a net increase of around 30 hectares in the amount of land in the city that is designated as Green Belt.

The Revised Draft GMSF and supporting documents can be viewed online. Paper copies of the Revised Draft GMSF and key supporting documents such as the integrated assessment and transport strategy draft delivery plan may be viewed at the Salford Civic Centre in Swinton and also at each of the city’s libraries during normal opening hours. The council has also published heritage assessments of the Revised Draft GMSF allocations in Salford, which can be viewed on the Revised Draft Local Plan page.

Public consultation

Public consultation on the Revised Draft GMSF ran from 21 January and closed on 18 March 2019.

Responses to this 2019 consultation can be found in two places. All letters and emails, as well as responses made via the portal can be found on the GM Consult website. Alternatively all responses can be seen on the Combined Authority website. Here you can access an excel sheet of all the responses that were made, including being able to search for your own response, responses made by question number and responses in your local area. There is also the ability to search for all of the additional information and responses that people submitted as attachments.

If you have any enquiries at all concerning the consultation responses then please email the Combined Authority.

Next steps in producing the GMSF

A report to the Combined Authority on 27 September 2019 provides an update on the proposed timetable for further consultation on the GMSF. This can be downloaded below. The report identifies that there will be a period of public participation from July 2020 for 12 weeks.

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

This page was last updated on 22 October 2019

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