Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is producing a planning strategy for the whole region, which includes ten local authorities and almost three million residents. The strategy, called the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), will set out how many new homes are built in Greater Manchester over the next 20 years, and where they are built. It will also identify land suitable for employment use, such as warehouses and office space.

The Housing the Powerhouse campaign was formed in 2015 because we were concerned about the direction the GMSF is heading. An initial consultation was held in 2014, with a second round of consultation in autumn 2015. We’d like to see a more ambitious plan than currently proposed, which matches Greater Manchester’s vision as the engine of the Northern Powerhouse and makes sure everyone has the opportunity to live in a home of their own.

Our campaign is made up of a number of housebuilders, investors and developers who are willing and able to build the new homes we need in Greater Manchester. Alongside the Home Builders’ Federation, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and a number of organisations, we’re asking Greater Manchester’s leaders to use this unique opportunity and adopt an ambitious strategy that ensures we avoid pricing out future generations.

We’re asking the GMCA to:

  • Make sure the needs of families in Greater Manchester are accommodated by planning for enough good quality, new homes across the region over the next twenty years
  • Increase the Greater Manchester annual housebuilding target to close to 16,000 – in line with its level of economic growth and status as one of the most successful cities in Europe over recent years
  • Make sure enough affordable housing is developed, to ensure everyone can afford a home of their own
  • Plan now to avoid a London-style housing crisis