Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

GMSF 2020

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Publication Plan 2020 is now available to download:

All supporting information can be found on the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities website

There will be a final consultation before the GMSF Publication Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination, and it will be more technical that previous rounds. The Government requires us to ask people whether our plans, and the evidence on which they are based, meet national planning law requirements – these are called the “tests of soundness”.

This is what we will be consulting on and this will be clearly explained in the consultation, which will be available to respond to at 

What is the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework?

The GMSF has been developed by all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. It sets out how Greater Manchester will provide the right homes in the right places, create jobs and improve infrastructure so ensuring the future prosperity of Greater Manchester and creating an environmentally sustainable place to live for everyone. 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.

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.

GMSF in Trafford

The first draft of the GMSF, published in 2016, saw more than 27,000 residents in Greater Manchester provide feedback, while a second round of consultation on the 2019 draft GMSF received 17,000 responses from people, businesses and community organisations.

The 2020 GMSF includes two allocations in Trafford: New Carrington and Timperley Wedge. 

New Carrington allocates 4,300 homes to be delivered in the Plan period to 2037, and 5,000 homes in total beyond the Plan period. New Carrington also allocates 350,000 sqm of employment floorspace for industry and warehousing. 

Timperley Wedge allocates 1,700 homes to be delivered in the Plan period to 2037, and 2,500 homes in total beyond plan period. Timperley Wedge also allocates 15,000 sqm of office employment land in the Plan period to 2037 and 60,000 sqm in total beyond Plan period.