Friends of Carrington Moss respond to the
Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)
This is something that will impact us all – please read on – more traffic, more air pollution and no commitments to additional public transport, potential flooding, loss of green belt and important wildlife habitats to name just a few concerns we have with these plans!
At our public meeting on 28th December 2020, we provided an update on the latest information we have about the GMSF, Trafford’s Local Plan and our alternative strategies for Carrington Moss. We recorded the presentation and you can listen to it on the button below.
The latest iteration (23rd October 2020) of the GMSF documents have been issued for review. There are over 150 documents (comprising over 14,000 pages) to look at. Of these, over 80 documents (over 9,000 pages) need to be looked at to fully review the local allocation (which is called New Carrington) . This is not community engagement. Developers and landowners have been involved in the creation and evolution of these plans. Residents, community groups and Parish Councils have been excluded from the discussions until the GMSF was issued. This is not our plan!
If you have not done so already, do take a look at the New Carrington Masterplan, which impacts Broadheath, Dunham, Partington, Sale West and Warburton as well as Carrington (click on the red button below to see more detail about what is proposed).
Remember, whilst the current plan is to build 5,000 homes, the original proposal (put forward in 2016) was for 15,000 homes on our green belt. Once the green belt is released, a precedent has been set and more land could be made available for development. Click on the photo to go to our blog about why we do not support the current GMSF proposals.
Resident needs have not been prioritised in the proposals. There is no commitment to additional public transport, for example, (something we have been promised for over 15 years), click on this photo to see the response to our Freedom of Information Act request.
The Friends of Carrington Moss believe building on our green belt is unnecessary and is motivated by money. The people living in the areas around Carrington Moss will not benefit from these proposals, so we are developing alternatives that are focused on resident priorities.
Following our online community workshop (held on 28th October) we have continued to identify available brownfield sites in Trafford. As with the Transport Strategy, we don’t want to just reject the plans that have been developed, we’d like to create alternative proposals so we can demonstrate that there is NO requirement for Trafford to release green belt land. We have identified a list of alternative sites which we are discussing with Trafford. In the meantime, we are keen to be notified of any sites you may know about (we’d rather have the same suggestions twice than not have them at all). The links to Trafford’s Brownfield register and to the list of applications with Planning Permission are below, along with a contact form, so you can send us your ideas.
We are also developing our alternative Transformation Strategy for Carrington Moss, which will be presented to residents at our community meeting on 28th December 2020 (see our Events page for more information). This alternative Transformation Strategy focuses on the opportunity for Carrington Moss to become a carbon and biodiversity bank, maximising income for landowners and improving Trafford’s woeful position in terms of biodiversity units per hectare.
Regarding the previous draft of the GMSF:
The Friends group did a detailed response to the GMSF documents, following an in depth review of the materials issued on 21st January 2019.
Friends of Carrington Moss Response to the GMSF
Key themes in our response
We were delighted to read that “The ultimate measure of the plan’s success will be whether it has helped to enhance the lives of all residents within Greater Manchester”!
The key themes in our response included:
- The GMSF should be revised to a 15 year plan – this would mean NO green belt loss is necessary anywhere in Greater Manchester
- We would like to see a true Brownfield first approach, with a more in depth exercise to be carried out (which fully engages the public) to identify additional brownfield sites – the CPRE are supporting this and have recently published their report which shows that there is enough suitable brownfield land available in England for more than 1 million homes across over 18,000 sites
- The GMSF strategy should focus on unmet housing NEED – it currently seems to be very developer-led
- Climate change, air quality and the importance of our natural environment should be at the forefront of decision-making, there should be NO builds on any carbon capturing peat mosses, and red listed birds and endangered wildlife should be protected
- The Transport 2040 Strategy should put walking, cycling and public transport first (HS2 should not be supported – it is inconsistent with GMSF policies), more effort should be made to identify initiatives to make the car less attractive
- There are many inequities and inconsistencies in the plan – we will highlight these in our blog over the coming weeks
- Communication of the plan has, once again, been very, very poor and left for community-minded individuals and community groups to fund and deliver!
To access the GMSF documents issued on 21st January 2019, please click on this link
The plan for New Carrington is available at this link