Planning asks for Greater Manchester's Metro Mayor

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In this short commentary we set out our key asks of the incoming Mayor from a development perspective.

The signing of the Greater Manchester Devolution Deal in November 2014 was heralded as a landmark agreement which other metropolitan areas were expected to follow. And so it has proven to be.

The announcement of the Devolution Deal firmly established Greater Manchester’s leading role in delivering the Government’s Northern Powerhouse ambition. Indeed George Osborne described it as “a massive moment for the north of England and our plan to build the Northern Powerhouse”.

The challenge for Greater Manchester and the incoming Mayor is to ensure its recent pattern of investment in and growth of the conurbation is maintained and continues to benefit the whole region. This will require the city region to embrace its external context, both nationally and internationally. The Northern Powerhouse is not solely about Manchester: the city acts as a lynch pin to the north and will need to work with its northern city partners to develop complementary and connected economies which present the north as a unified region to the world.

As a figurehead representing nearly 3 million residents, the Mayor will have a powerful voice on the national stage lobbying Government in relation to key decisions, particularly financial ones, which will affect the conurbation.

The Mayor also has a critical role to play in ensuring that an ambitious spatial plan is put in place which guides the sustainable development of Greater Manchester over a 20 year period. To date the candidates have presented opposing views on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework with some calling for a radical rewrite of the plan and others endorsing its’ approach.

In this comment we give you the essential facts about the candidates and where they stand on the big planning issues, together with our “planning asks” of the incoming Mayor. Click here to download our full comment.

28 April 2017