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.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has vowed to use the full extent of the region's devolved powers to work with the public and private sectors in regenerating its town centres. Launching the new Greater Manchester Town Centre Challenge in Bury on Friday, 17 November 2017, Burnham claimed that the project would breathe life into Greater Manchester's towns, repurposing them as residential and leisure areas. "It's part of refocusing the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework from something that is too developer-led to looking at our towns and about brownfield including residential, and through that breathing new life into our towns," he said. "We need to build a new future for those towns through higher density mixed and affordable housing, with local retail and leisure facilities and supported by transport and digital connectivity."