Andy Burnham comes out against 'unfair and disproportionate' green belt masterplan The Labour mayoral candidate's position will cause deep frustration among council leaders 11:11, 12 JAN 2017Updated16:38, 12 JAN 2017Andy Burnham (Image: Getty) Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Greater Manchester's Labour mayoral candidate Andy Burnham coach outlet locations 7-11 has called for the region's controversial green belt plans to be radically rewritten, calling them 'unfair and disproportionate'.
The Leigh MP says councils should be aiming to coach outlet napa avoid any net loss of green belt at all in their development blueprint for the next 20 years. His demand is likely to cause frustration within the 'super council' of ten discount coach bags outlet store council leaders, most of them his Labour colleagues who have spent years drawing up the plan and are aiming to submit coach outlet arundel mills phone number it to the government by the end of the year. In his official submission to the public consultation on the plan which is aimed at providing a framework for 227,000 new homes over the next two decades, as well as hundreds of thousands of jobs he says it should focus far more on building affordable housing in 'high densities' on former industrial sites. It comes after outcry in many parts of the region over plans to build large residential developments on green space that is currently protected, including in south Stockport and north Bury. How Greater Manchester's 20 year housebuilding masterplan has sparked fury In his response, Mr Burnham says: "Whilst it is not possible to develop an ambitious 20 year plan for Greater Manchester without losing green space, it is clear that many communities feel strongly that the plan as currently drafted is unfair and disproportionate. "As a result, it could diminish quality of life in some communities and restrict people's access to good air and green space. The plan needs to be rebalanced to respond to these concerns and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development." He adds: "I would go further and propose that we consider the aim of no net loss of green belt." Thousands have taken part in protest marches across the region against development on green belt land The plan should instead focus more on the region's existing town centres, he says, rather than building onto green belt. Greater Manchester's larger towns should be redrawn as attractive places to live, he adds with empty shops making way for new homes. He also believes the masterplan focuses too much on warehousing and industrial development, rather than hi tech industries such as health and technology.
Meanwhile far too little focus is being given to public transport, he adds, warning the region's roads are already 'close to saturation' and will become more so if hundreds of thousands of new homes are built without a better network. But it is on green belt that his view will cause most concern among council colleagues, who believe Greater Manchester cannot absorb a growing population without redrawing some areas that are currently protected. Stockport Lib Dems want to pull borough out of the Greater Manchester housing masterplan Council chiefs insist they have already taken account of all vacant industrial land across the region but say there is simply not enough of it to provide enough homes or jobs.
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