Category Archives: Greater Manchester City Region

GMCA’s draft Environment Plan for 2019-2024

GMCA’s draft Environment Plan for 2019-2024. A guest commentary by Peter Somerville The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has published a Draft 5-year Environment Plan for 2019 to 2014. This is the first Environment Plan that the Authority has produced, and … Continue reading

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Steady State Manchester’s response to the 2019 Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Here is our response  PDF Download To give a flavour, the consultation first asks this question: Is the approach that we have outlined in the plan reasonable? [We said that we] Mostly disagree What is the reason for your answer?: … Continue reading

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…. and the environment? Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – the remix

At last, the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has appeared following Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s electoral promise for a radical rewrite. It’s an enormous document, more than 1,000 pages, with many more than that in the various supporting documents. This … Continue reading

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Why is the GM Spatial Framework delayed?

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has announced that the launch of a redrafted Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) has again been delayed.  Here’s why. 1) GMCA now thinks 175,000 houses could be built on available land.  Most of this … Continue reading

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Accountability for the Mayor of Greater Manchester: Participatory Governance?

Accountability for the Mayor of Greater Manchester: Participatory Governance in the 21st Century by James Scott Vandeventer It has been over a year since Greater Manchester elected its first Mayor. Since then, Mayor Andy Burnham has worked to build the … Continue reading

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We need a A Social-Ecological Spatial Framework

A Social-Ecological Spatial Framework for a Viable Greater Manchester. update: 3 July, 2018:  Indeed, as anticipated, the new draft has been delayed again to accommodate the new population projections from the Office of National Statistics.  These project 9.37% population growth … Continue reading

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The Mayor’s Green Summit: a balance sheet.

updated: 28 March, 2018 Also published, 7/4/18 by The Meteor: http://www.themeteor.org/2018/04/07/2245/ I attended the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Green City Summit on 21 March: here is a quick review.   The event was, as you’d expect, a mixed bag, with good and … Continue reading

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One cheer for Greater Manchester Pension Fund

The right direction but too vague and too slow. Fossil Free Greater Manchester today responds to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s formal response to its campaign for full divestment of the Fund from the fossil fuel industry.  While the Fund … Continue reading

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