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I have written several times about the importance of public engagement with the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. If you have not yet responded to the consultation, please click here for details on how to do so. You have until Monday 16th January to make any submissions.

While I have no formal role in the process I have been making representations on behalf of local residents to both the Leader of Bolton Council and the acting Mayor of Greater Manchester.

I have also responded to the consultation myself. I am very concerned by plans to develop large portions of our green belt land, the type of housing that is proposed, the lack of a clear plan for infrastructure and public services, and the poor level of public engagement in this process.

You can read my full response to the consultation by clicking here.

My response to the Spatial Framework

I have written several times about the importance of public engagement with the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. If you have not yet responded to the consultation, please click here for...

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The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is a plan to identify potential development sites for homes and jobs over the next 18 years.

This week is your last chance to have your say on the draft proposals, which could have a dramatic impact on North Bolton. The consultation closes on Monday 16th January.

The draft plan suggests that Bolton needs 16,800 new homes by 2035 to meet growing demand. 85% of these would be houses and the rest apartments.

Developers have already had their chance to identify sites that they think are suitable for development. I know that their priorities are likely to be different to those of local residents, which is why it is so important for people to get involved at this stage. 

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Most of the Framework identifies specific sites for housing development, but it is different here in Bolton North East. The “North Bolton Strategic Development Opportunity Area” covers most of North Bolton, including the whole of Astley Bridge and Bromley Cross, most of Bradshaw, and Hall I’ Th’ Wood. Specific sites are not targeted but the Framework suggests that over 3000 homes may be built across this part of Bolton. Parts of our green belt land could be assigned for development, and local infrastructure will be affected.

I want to ensure that the views of Bolton residents are heard.

For full details of the consultation please visit www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/GMSF

Responses to the consultation may be made:

Online at http://gmsf-consult.objective.co.uk or

By email to GMSF@agma.gov.uk

By Post to: Greater Manchester Integrated Support Team
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA

Whilst I do not have a formal role in the process I have been making representations on behalf of residents to both the leader of Bolton Council and the acting Mayor of Greater Manchester. If you would like to contact me directly I will bring your concerns to their attention.

 

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One week to go: Have your say on housing in Bolton

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is a plan to identify potential development sites for homes and jobs over the next 18 years. This week is your last chance to have...

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Housing is high on the agenda at the moment as Greater Manchester consults on the development strategy for the coming decades.

One of the common questions raised by my constituents is: why isn't the development and regeneration of brownfield sites the top priority because green spaces should be protected? I agree with this, and this approach requires Government policy to encourage developers to behave against their instincts.

Housing developers will always prefer to build on nice green spaces because it is easier for them and usually goes hand in hand with building bigger, more expensive properties in the nicest areas. Many brownfield sites need extra work like decontamination of soil before they can be built on.

An effective Government policy would recognise this, working to protect the green belt while incentivising construction on brownfield sites.

However, this Conservative Government is clearly failing in this area. Research by MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee revealed that the Government has drastically cut funds needed to encourage new building on brownfield sites. Funding to detoxify soil has fallen from £17.5m a year in 2009/10 to just £500,000 in 2014 and will be phased out in 2017. The same report identified more than 741,000 acres of contaminated land that could be brought back into use.

This simply makes no sense at a time when housing supply is such a major issue for us as a nation. I have tabled a number of parliamentary questions to press the Government to improve their housing strategy and preserve our precious green spaces.

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