Housing requirements

Greater Manchester has seen a significant population growth over recent years and this is set to continue.
The amount of residential development will need to gradually accelerate over the first few years of the plan period as below:

  • 6,100 in 2015/16
  • 7,400 in 2016/17
  • 8,700 in 2017/18
  • 10,000 in 2018/19
  • 11,000 in 2019/20
  • 11,900 in 2020/21
  • 12,200 in 2021/22

before averaging around 12,300 net additional dwellings per annum from 2022 onwards.

Provision for a wide range of housing types, sizes, tenure and values will be made across Greater Manchester reflecting the varied demands at local level and almost half of all household growth is forecast to be in the form of single person households, which in part will drive the continued growth in demand for apartments.
The density of residential development should reflect the relative accessibility of the site by walking, cycling and public transport, enabling more people to live in the most accessible locations.