Tag Archives: Planning

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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Event: A People’s Spatial Framework, January 23

A People’s Spatial Framework Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:30 PM – 8:30 We’ll be imagining an alternative Spatial Framework that serves the people while protecting the green space. Click for Venue and booking details via Eventbrite For some years now, … Continue reading

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The Future is 20 minutes away? 20-minute neighbourhoods

The Future is 20 minutes away? 20-minute neighbourhoods. By Carolyn Kagan pdf version As we move towards a future in urban areas where people travel less, buy locally and live more convivial lives, we need vital and liveable neighbourhoods. This … 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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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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Mayfield’s future – unleashing the imagination

We have covered a number of planning issues here recently.  One thing we have highlighted is the “imaginative deficit”, that the plans being offered, whether for specific urban developments, or for the City Region’s use of land as a whole, … Continue reading

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What kind of a city and region do we want?

Success as building frenzy: the Manchester model Someone once told me that for Sir Howard Bernstein, the retiring Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, his measure of success was the number of cranes visible on the city’s skyline. True or … Continue reading

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