{meta} Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 10 November 2020, 10.00 am

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Online Live Meeting (MS Teams - audio only) vai the link below

Contact: Liz Wright, Democratic Services Officer 

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Apologies for absence


Declarations of interest


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on the 13th October 2020.


Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development

Additional documents:


Salford City Council - Record of Decision (CABINET)


I Paul Dennett, City Mayor in consultation with the Cabinet and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:


1.    Approve the GMSF: Publication Draft 2020, including strategic site allocations and green belt boundary amendments, and reference to the potential use of compulsory purchase powers to assist with site assembly, and the supporting background documents, for publication pursuant to Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 for a period for representations between 1 December 2020 and 26 January 2021;


2.    Recommend that Council approves the GMSF: Publication Draft 2020 for submission to the Secretary of State for examination following the period for representations;


3.    Delegate to the Strategic Director Place authority to approve the relevant Statement of Common Ground(s) required pursuant to the National Planning Policy Framework 2019;


4.    Delegate authority to the Lead Chief Executive, Housing, Homelessness and Infrastructure, in consultation with the Portfolio Leader for Housing, Homelessness and Infrastructure to make minor or non-material amendments to the GMSF: Publication Draft 2020 and background documents prior to their publication.


The Reasons are: To continue making progress towards adoption of the GMSF and provide an opportunity for the community and other stakeholders to make representations on the Publication GMSF document before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

Cabinet also recognised the important contribution the GMSF can make to Salford and Greater Manchester’s sustainable future, particularly due to:

-       The provision of 50,000 affordable homes;

-       Ambitions to reduce carbon through renewable energy schemes and by promoting zero carbon development from 2028. The GMSF supports extensive mossland restoration, with the significant majority of valuable habitats protected;

-       The brownfield-first approach, including proposals at the conurbation core for 75% of new homes to be delivered in two wards, which enables the impact of the delivery of new family homes to be minimised. 7.5% of new homes will be on land currently in the Green Belt, in wards which accommodate 50% of the City’s open space; and,

-       Proposals in Salford that would see a net increase in Green Belt. Salford is the only district where this would be the case.

-       GMSF will protect the City from unsustainable development, and is one of our best defences to avoid a chaotic approach to development in the City and planning by appeal.


Options considered and rejected were: Not to progress with the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. Given the need for a strategic plan covering the whole of the city-region, work undertaken to date, and the council’s ongoing commitment to progressing the GMSF towards adoption, this option was rejected.


Assessment of Risk: The GMSF has been under production for a number of years. Significant challenges have been made to the 2016 and 2019 draft versions, from various parties including local residents, landowners / developers and statutory consultees. It is likely that such representations will also be made to the  ...  view the full decision text for item 4.


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