What is the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework?
In August 2014 the 10 local planning authorities(Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) in Greater Manchester agreed to prepare a joint Development Plan document to set out an approach to housing and employment land across GM for the next 20 years.
In November 2014-Devolution was agreed which provided for an elected mayor. The Greater Manchester mayoral election will be held on 4 May 2017.
Economic forecasts were produced and were agreed by the Joint GMCA/ AGMA Executive in August 2016 and based on a population growth of 294,800 a total 227,200 net new homes would be required over the next 20 years.
Oldham is proposed to provide just over 6% of this total- 13,700 homes - 685 average annual requirement
A "Call for sites" exercise (which remains ongoing) collected data from the sites submitted in Winter 2015/16, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016. Greater Manchester invited local residents, businesses, land owners and developers to identify sites that they thought could be suitable for housing or employment development. The sites submitted can be viewed here
Approximately 100 sites were submitted in Oldham Borough and the sites which were put forward by was Oldham were decided by a combination of Planning and Regeneration Officers, Councillors and members of the Local Plan Members Group .
The whole of Cowlishaw( 32.31 hectares) an area of protected land stretching from Low Crompton to High Crompton was put forward for a proposed development of 640 dwellings.
This seems incredulous as in September 2016 an outline planning application for 125 houses which had cost the applicant a substantial amount of money was unexpectedly withdrawn by agent. It is reasonable to assume that if this had been acceptable in planning terms then it would not have been withdrawn.
A 640 housing development on Cowlishaw would see the two wooded areas behind Edward Road and Worsley Place,the children's park at the top of Moor Street, 3 sites of biological importance(SBI's) and a network of well used public footpaths destroyed.
There are a large number of sites which have been discounted across the district and the allocation of sites is heavily weighted towards the upper left quadrant of the Borough which will put a considerable burden on already overstretched public services and transport networks. We need to ask the GMCA to heed our comments and address the unfair and inequitable site allocation process. Read the GMSF Document here