Greater Manchester Launches Spatial Framework

Fri 18 Jan 2019
Issue 17 Manchester

The Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment opened for consultation.

The new spatial framework focuses on making the most of Greater Manchester’s (GM) brownfield sites, prioritising redevelopment of town centres and other sustainable locations. It will also help to address the housing crisis with a minimum target of 50,000 additional affordable homes – 30,000 of which will be social housing.

In parallel GM is starting a series of events, throughout the region including a question time with the Mayor Andy Burnham to find out what people think. 

Chapters on sustainability and resilience, prosperity, homes, greening Manchester and connectivity set out policies to deliver 'Inclusive growth across the city region for the benefit of everyone'.

What does it mean for design and planning?

A headline aim is for all new buildings and other infrastructure built within the region to be ‘net-zero’ carbon by 2028 – a move the local authority has said is 'key' to achieving its overarching pledge to become a carbon-neutral city region by 2038.

Once agreed, the policy will see buildings required to produce no operational carbon emissions. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has not yet confirmed whether its definition of ‘net-zero’ will also require carbon-neutral construction and supply chains.

The Carbon and Energy Policy setting out the expectation that new development will be zero net carbon from 2028 by ‘following the energy hierarchy', which in order of importance seeks to:

  • Minimise energy demand
  • Maximise energy efficiency
  • Utilise renewable energy
  • Utilise low carbon energy and
  • Utilise other energy sources

Cover image: GMCA

Until next week. Please make sure to send in your ideas to
Author: Jane Briginshaw, Design England

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