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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework 2019

This page shows information that was presented on the Trafford Council website for the consultation on the 2019 draft of the GMSF.

2019 consultation responses

Responses  to the 2019 consultation on Greater Manchester’s Plan for Jobs, Homes and the Environment (Greater Manchester Spatial Framework) can be found in two places: 

On this site, people can see a list of all of the responses, as they were completed. This includes all letters and emails (that have been manually entered) – as well as the responses made via the portal. People will not be able to search for responses here.

The Combined Authority website

Here you can access a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet containing of all of the responses that were made. Using this sheet you can search for individual responses, responses made by question number and responses in their local area. There is also the ability to search for all of the additional information and responses that people submitted as attachments.

If you have any enquiries at all, then please email the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on -

What is the 2019 Greater Manchester Spatial Framework?

The GMSF is about providing the right homes, in the right places for people across our City Region. It’s about creating jobs and improving infrastructure to ensure the future prosperity of Greater Manchester. It means that the 10 Greater Manchester councils can plan collectively to deal with cross boundary and strategic planning issues until 2037. Without the plan we will have less control over the future shape of Greater Manchester.

The first complete draft of the GMSF was published in October 2016, to which a large number of comments were received on the plans. The main issue raised was about proposed development allocations on land currently within the Green Belt.

A revised version of the GMSF was published for consultation in January 2019. The GMSF aims to make the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites first and reduce the impact on Green Belt, which for example in Trafford will mean no development on Green Belt land in Flixton. It means that enough land has been identified in Trafford for the following:

  • Approximately 20,500 new homes
  • Just over 200,000 sq m of office accommodation
  • Around 690,000 sq m of industry and warehousing

Across Greater Manchester as a whole there will be a real focus on the delivery of affordable housing with the aim of delivering at least 50,000 new affordable homes. A priority for Trafford Council is to build high quality homes to meet housing need in Trafford.

Once adopted, the GMSF will become part of the statutory development plan for each of the 10 Greater Manchester authorities, including Trafford. However, the GMSF will not cover everything and Trafford will still need to produce a Local Plan which will provide further detail to cover local issues and demonstrate how the framework will be delivered on the ground.

You can find out more information on the GMSF on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority webpage.

Frequently asked questions

The FAQs below contain further information on the GMSF. These were produced as part of the GMSF 2019 consultation and remain available for information.

For further information on the allocations as they were in 2019: