The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), a plan which will determine where housing development can take place across Greater Manchesters 10 Boroughs between now and 2035 has now been published. This plan was started in 2012 and was overseen by former Stockport Council Lib Dem Leader Cllr Sue Derbyshire as the Greater Manchester lead on Housing and Planning. It opens for public consultation on 31st October 2016.
The plan shows a plan to build 4,000 homes on green belt land between High Lane and Marple. (See map below) These proposals, if approved, will have a massive impact in our area. We understand that land already in use (brownfield sites) is planned to be used first, however we know that this will not meet the anticipated needs.
There is a balance to be struck between creating new homes for our children and grandchildren to live in and protecting our Green Space. We all recognise houses need to be built and undoubtedly some will be needed on green belt land. However, the numbers, the methodology, the logic of the location and the mass development on green belt land which doubles the size of a village which makes it a suburb of Stockport are questionable.
A public meeting has been planned by your Marple South Councillor, Cllr Blair on Saturday 12th Nov 2016, in High Lane Village Hall at 1.30pm.
The GMSF Plan is open for consultation and we encourage you to have your say on these proposals by visiting http://gmsf-consult.objective.co.uk/portal.
If you have questions or comments, please post here and we can provide as much detail as we can.