Spatial Framework next consultation gets ‘pushed back’

CAMPAIGNERS across Shaw, Crompton and Royton have sent a clear message to Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, and Oldham politicians – ‘hands off our greenbelt’.

Figures published from the last public consultation into the Greater Manchester Plan for Jobs, Homes and the Environment (Spatial Framework) show more than 17,500 individuals or organisations responded to the controversial document.

A total of 67,000 comments were received across Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs, including Oldham.

No site received more public interaction than Thornham Old Road (GM Allocation 21) where 2,145 responses were submitted into a proposed development for approximately 600 homes.

This was the highest total for any planned development including a joint site (GM3) at Kingsway South.

And Oldham’s other sites also received plenty of responses as greenbelt groups continue to fight to save prized land from mass development.

The other Oldham sites and number of responses were: GM Allocation 14: Beal Valley 1489; GM Allocation 15: Broadbent Moss (144); GM Allocation 16: Cowlishaw (1436); GM Allocation 17: Hanging Chadder (1317); GM Allocation 18: Robert Fletchers, Greenfield (316); GM Allocation 19: South of Rosary Road (102); GM Allocation 20: Spinners Way/ Alderney Farm (96) GM Allocation 21: Thornham Old Road (2145); GM Allocation 22: Woodhouses (574).

As a result of the large number of responses and bureaucratic wranglings with Government, the next round of consultation has been pushed back to the summer of 2020.

Final approval for the adoption of the finished plan is scheduled for December 2021.

To see the report go online:

All responses to the last consultation can be found online: (and typing in ‘gmsf’).

Here you can see a list of all of the responses, as they were completed.

This includes all letters and emails – as well as the responses made via the portal.
Alternatively, see all responses on the Combined Authority website:

There is also the ability to search for all of the additional information and responses that people submitted as attachments.

Any queries about your response can be emailed to or ring 0161 778 7006.

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