Category Archives: Greater Manchester City Region

People’s Spatial Framework: A Letter from the Future

People’s Spatial Framework: A Letter from the Futurei. Dear Greater Mancunians, The lovely, liveable, City of Greater Manchester Download pdf version We are writing to you from 2035, and are delighted to tell you that Greater Manchester has been transformed … Continue reading

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A Green New Deal for Greater Manchester? Workshop report.

On 16 December we held a workshop to look at the prospects for a “Green New Deal” tailored to the needs and realities of Greater Manchester.  As is our usual style, the major part of the event was group discussion … Continue reading

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Doing Buses Differently. Our response to the consultation.

Here is our response to the Mayor and Transport for Greater Manchester proposals for bus system reform. We strongly support these proposals as the best option available now for securing the urgent and massive shift away from private motorised transport … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester’s Environment Plan: a truthful version.

A guest piece from Claire Stocks, Manchester Extinction Rebellion.  This is a commentary on the Greater Manchester Environment Plan 2019–2024 (see also Peter Somerville’s critique that we published before the recent Green Summit and the call from GM-CAN to do … Continue reading

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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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