Category Archives: Greater Manchester

Imagining an alternative future for Greater Manchester

By Mark Burton and Carolyn Kagan reposted from Greater Manchester Housing Action website, 11 March, 2020 For some years now, Greater Manchester has been trying to agree a grand plan for land use: the Spatial Framework. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), … Continue reading

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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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Greater Manchester must heed Heathrow judgement on airport expansion

GM-CAN’s Response to the Decision on Heathrow’s Proposed Third Runway We, the members of Greater Manchester Climate Action Network (GM-CAN1) welcome the news that Heathrow’s plan to build a third runway has been ruled unlawful. This ruling is a reminder … Continue reading

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Carbon budgets and footprints: a guide

Greater Manchester Climate Network, with Green Drinks, organised a session called “Carbon Jargon Buster Workshop”. It was addressed by Joe Blakey from the University of Manchester. Joe has specialised in understanding the various methods and tools of carbon accounting, with … Continue reading

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Do More, Faster! Greater Manchester Climate campaigners call for serious climate action.

Today at Salford’s Lowry centre, Mayor Andy Burnham’s second Green Summit takes place.  It will launch the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s 5-year Environment Plan.  Climate campaigners in Greater Manchester have considered it and found it lacking. GM-CAN, the umbrella grouping … 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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Retrofitting suburbia

Retrofitting suburbia by Charlotte Allen A recent session of the SSM Reading Group discussed two articles by the Australian author and permaculture pioneer David Holmgren: ‘Retrofitting the suburbs’ 1and ‘A History from the future’2. Although we were a small group, … Continue reading

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