Greater Manchester unveils long-awaited 20-year development plan

Greater Manchester’s housebuilding target has been cut by more than 10% to 200,980 new homes in the next 20 years according to the much-anticipated – and repeatedly delayed – draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

The revised figures, published earlier this month, are down on the previous target of 227,000 new homes outlined in the 2016 draft of the spatial framework, a “radical rewrite” of which Andy Burnham had promised in his election manifesto that same year.

The framework, which sets out development targets, allocated sites and infrastructure strategy, has been delayed several times since Burnham’s election, causing