Homes plan poised for further delays

THE future of Greater Manchester’s controversial homes, jobs and the environment plan has been again thrown into doubt.

Two drafts of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework have been produced since 2016, both roundly criticised by green belt protecting campaign groups.

A second phase of consultation for the current draft was scheduled to start in the autumn.

But a further delay is predicted because of ongoing wrangling between the Greater Manchester Combined authority, headed by GM Mayor, Andy Burnham, and the Government.

A change of Conservative administration in Whitehall ahead of Parliament’s summer recess is also thought to have stymied progress.

Under GMSF, 201,000 homes will be built across Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs by 2037.

Oldham is one of the boroughs scheduled to take a large share of the allocation, notably in Shaw, Crompton and Royton.

Opposition to the plans has been fierce with protest marches and high profile demonstrations organised by groups such as Save Royton Greenbelt and Save Shaw Greenbelt.

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