Having only recently advised a client the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) is unlikely to be finalised before the 2020 Mayoral election, this only confirms the news that it will be significantly delayed.

We have seen since the release of the draft GMSF in January this year, protests regarding the release of Green Belt, despite the draft GMSF reducing the overall release from the 2016 figures.

With the North West being disproportionately affected by the level of land protected by the Green Belt, by not releasing some of this means that the ambition of the GMSF for both housing and employment led development becomes diluted.