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New 20-year infrastructure plan for Manchester to be debated

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Leaders of all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities will meet on 28 October to decide whether to approve the draft plan of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF).

If approved, residents will be able to have their say on the GMSF proposals through an eight-week consultation period starting on 31 October.

Stockport Council said that the GMSF was an ambitious plan to establish homes, jobs and green space across the region over the next 20 years, along with identifying the new infrastructure, such as transport links and utility networks, required to achieve this.

The council said that in response to the GMSF proposals, it was also getting ready to review its own local plan to manage the planned growth.

The proposed framework could see 19,300 new homes built in Stockport by 2035, as well as new additions of industrial, warehousing and office spaces.

As part of the GMSF, the council said that its main priority was to build on brownfield land, but some green belt land may be lost to accommodate the new infrastructure needed.

“The GMSF proposals aim to ensure we meet the needs of our growing local economy and population,” said Stockport Council leader councillor Alex Ganotis.

“Any development plan needs to maximise the use of brownfield sites, minimise the impact on the green belt, and ensure that modern infrastructure properly supports new homes.

“It’s also important to note that nothing has been decided yet – this is an open consultation and I’d like to encourage all residents to participate and have their say on this plan.”

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