The Greater Manchester Combined Authority plans for 50,000 affordable homes

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) demonstrates how effective collaboration of 10 local authorities through a joint committee to address strategic planning matters that go beyond the individual authority borders can look like. The combined authority has previously overseen the largest transport investment programme outside of London and developed new powers for the management of transport across the region. However, difficulty around the distribution of housing across the 10 authorities has remained a concern.

Nevertheless, the combined authority seems to have made some impressive and innovative headway with managing housing provision. An article in ‘The Planner’ outlines the GMCA’s Great Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) plans to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by 2038 – 30,000 of which will be designated as social housing.

The Planner states that the previous draft of the GMSF placed heavy reliance on Green Belt for the delivery of housing. The revised draft demonstrates a more sustainable approach by placing emphasis on the redevelopment on brownfield sites, town centres and higher densities in the most accessible locations to deliver the set target.

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