Plans for 200k new homes across Greater Manchester

A new planning blueprint for Greater Manchester has revealed that more than 200,000 new homes could be built, some of it on green belt land.

Mayor Andy Burnham has unveiled the most up-to-date draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

Projects delivered over next 2 decades

A plan for long-term development in the region, the framework has identified sites for housing, commercial developments and infrastructure projects that could be built over the next two decades.

The original draft of the framework said more than 12,000 acres of green belt land would be released to accommodate the new developments that would include 227,000 new homes.

However, the latest plan has reduced the loss of the green belt, including stretches on the M62 near Rochdale and the A57 in Salford, and also dropped the number of expected new homes to 200,000.

The plan focuses on increased housing opportunities in Manchester city centre, in Salford, Trafford and Oldham, and in Stockport town centre.

Innovative blueprint

Mr Burnham said: "In this time of national, social and economic uncertainty, and with politics in Westminster paralysed by Brexit, Greater Manchester is taking the initiative and setting out an innovative blueprint to give people, communities and businesses hope and confidence for the future."

The draft framework will have to be agreed by all 10 boroughs within the Greater Manchester region, with opposition expected from campaigners objecting to any loss of the green belt.