Following on from the previous article regarding development on the Green Belt, the end of last week Andy Burnham, the Great Manchester Mayor made an announcement regarding brownfield redevelopment to breathe new life into local towns around Greater Manchester.

We have seen initiatives like this in the past, pre-recession there was a lot of development - both commercial and residential - on brownfield land, but the costs associated with these schemes left some developers looking at alternative sites.  

There has also been a move for more development, certainly residential development in the countryside and commercial development on sites where the infrastructure is in place to deal with progressive businesses and growth.  

The success of any development comes down to need and how the development fulfils that need.  Without the corresponding infrastructure being in place people may look elsewhere to fulfil their needs.

Greater connectivity across the region is needed first and foremost, this then in turn will help breathe new life into these town centres.