Save Greater Manchester’s Green Belt Group and Steady State Manchester have written to the leader of the Opposition (Sir Keir Starmer) on behalf of a number of GM community groups to provide evidence about the lack of justification for the release of Green Belt. We have also requested his support to encourage the GM Mayor and Council leaders to remove the Green Belt allocations from the Places for Everyone (P4E) Plan. Our alternative solution proposes that previously developed land (brownfield) is progressed as a priority and Green Belt is retained until need is explicitly substantiated. At each 5-year review point for P4E, all newly available data can be examined and the release of Green Belt can be reconsidered following genuine consultation with affected local residents (which has NOT happened to date).
The email was copied to members of the Shadow Cabinet and Labour MPs in GM. The full text of the email is available here.