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“It’s time to scrap GMSF” says Mayoral Candidate

by burylibdems on 14 March, 2017

JANE BROPHY, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, is calling for the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF) to be scrapped.

The GMSF process will only go ahead if all ten councils in Greater Manchester and the newly elected mayor vote in favour of it. If any one of the eleven deciding vote against the plans, then it will fall – and the Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate is now pledging to do just that.

Jane Brophy said: “The Government and Greater Manchester Combined Authority should have worked together with local councils, local people and local communities to ensure no more houses were built on our greenbelt until all other options were exhausted.

“There was no attempt to have any conversation with local people and their voices have been ignored. We now risk blindly destroying our green spaces and depriving our children of the areas to grow and play in.

“Before we open up the greenbelt for development we must bring empty homes back into use, develop every old mill building, empty warehouse, factory, brownfield space and derelict piece of land that we can.

“Only when all those options were exhausted should we have considered moving onto the greenbelt. But our voices have gone ignored for long enough and it’s now time to scrap this GMSF process.

“There was no discussion about where was going to be developed, and clearly no intention to begin any discussion.

“The GMSF has been top down, rather than from the bottom up. We need a plan that fully involves local people and their communities right from the start.

“This should have been about responsibly building affordable homes in areas that are near public transport and existing links, and it should be for local people in each area to decide the future of their community, not for a secret group at Manchester Town Hall to present a completed plan.

“Therefore, I am now withdrawing my support from the GMSF process and if elected I will vote to block the process, and work to ensure each and every local resident and local community is involved properly in the process to build the much-needed homes.”

More information www.janebrophy.com

 

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5 Responses

  1. AT says:

    This is fantastic news. Let’s hope more councillors are against the building plans. Let’s not destroy our greenland that we call home.

  2. Philip Brown says:

    Thanks for talking sense and for trying to put greenbelt first. I’m concerned about the remaining land around Simister.

  3. Carl Sutcliffe says:

    I totally agree. We have been ridden roughshod over….our greenbelt land should not be touched.

  4. Anon says:

    Great to hear. We should also be thinking more imaginatively. We have elderly people kindly and housebound in homes they can’t cope with and young people and families who can’t afford to get on the housing market, and sky high rents. This makes no sense and is unsustainable.

  5. Anon says:

    Great to hear. We should also be thinking more imaginatively. We have elderly people lonely and housebound in homes they can’t cope with and young people and families who can’t afford to get on the housing market, and sky high rents. This makes no sense and is unsustainable.

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