Stockport Greens register concern over Greater Manchester blueprint
19 January 2017
Stockport Green Party, along with sister parties in the region, has submitted a critical response (available to download) to the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), a document which will be the basis for local planning decisions over the next two decades.
In particular the submission questions the figures for economic and population growth which underpin the GMSF. Stockport Greens also highlight the plan's likely detrimental effect on the environment, with loss of green belt adding to the high level of air pollution the region already suffers. Inadequate consideration of sustainable transport links add to our concern about potential developments in the green belt.
Stockport Green Party members joined the Save our Greenbelt walk on 14 January, along with local campaigners against specific planned developments in High Lane, Cheadle Hulme and Woodford. Stockport Green Party activist Gordon Combe was on the march, and commented: "We need to look at brownfield sites and renovating current properties first before destroying pristine natural habitats. Housing developers like to use green belt land because it's so much easier and cheaper to process and construct on, but we believe this must stop."
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