Greater Manchester’s council leaders have set out a series of bold housing plans that will help the region to thrive.
Mayor Andy Burnham was present at the special event, alongside Deputy Mayors Bev Hughes and Sir Richard Leese as far-reaching ambitions to build tens of thousands of affordable homes were outlined.
It is all part of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) which has been rewritten and includes details about how jobs, homes and the environment will be bolstered.
Housing plans are central to the plan, which focuses on maximising use of brownfield cites in the region to tackle the shortage of homes.
A minimum target of building 50,000 additional homes has been announced; significantly, 30,000 of these will be dedicated social housing.
This is vital at a time when the chronic lack of social housing has been highlighted by a cross-party commission that worked alongside Shelter to research the wide-reaching issues and make recommendations for millions of new social homes.
Greater Manchester’s leaders clearly understand just how serious an issue this is, and their housing plans will help to alleviate this.
At the event, Andy Burnham said that these ambitions – alongside plans to increase transport infrastructure and clean air – are prioritised because people’s needs are put above all else.
He said: “As we outline the city region’s new plans for homes and jobs, transport infrastructure, clean air and the environment, I want to highlight Greater Manchester’s commitment to putting people at the heart of everything we do.
“We are a city region with a radical spirit in our DNA – we have always delivered industrial innovations whilst never forgetting the people that power that economy.
“Greater Manchester’s Plan for Jobs, Homes and the Environment is a plan for the people, set to make Greater Manchester the very best place to grow up, get on and grow old.”