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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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