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Radical plans to redraw Greater Manchester’s green belt ahead of a 20-year mass housebuilding and jobs programme can today finally be revealed.
Restrictions on space currently protected from development in Trafford, Salford, Stockport, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale would be lifted for the first time since the 1980s if proposals by the region’s ‘super council’ are agreed.
More than a quarter of the proposed development across the region is on current green belt.
We revealed plans were being drawn up to allow building on protected green space last month, but until now the combined authority had kept the final proposals tightly under wraps.
The draft plan, known as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, has now been agreed in principle by council leaders in private and would concentrate green belt encroachment on a number of large sites, including the following areas:
– High Lane, Woodford, Cheadle Hulme and Heald Green in Stockport
– Carrington and Davenport Green in Trafford
– Pilsworth and Elton in Bury
– Lane End, Heywood
– Broadbent Moss and Beal Valley in Oldham
– Next to the RHS Bridgewater site between Boothstown and Worsley
All 10 council chiefs are agreed former industrial land across the region should be used before any protected space is developed.
However they believe hitting a target of more than 400,000 new jobs and homes by 2035 would be impossible without redrawing the green belt boundary.