2019 GMSF Consultation- Ashton Moss/Hyde- Apethorn, Bowlacre and Godley Green

The next draft of GMSF is finally here and we need your input, feedback and support. The views and concerns of Tameside residents have not been fully heard. Greenbelt is still in the GMSF framework in Tameside. Hyde has derelict brown sites close to amentities and transport links that should be redeveloped first with affordable housing for local people. Please have your voices heard.

Details of the plan along with the preferred way to respond are available online at: www.gmconsult.org

In addition to viewing documents at www.gmconsult.org from the 21st January 2019 you will also be able to view paper copies of the GMSF at all of Tameside’s libraries and at the Customer Service Reception during normal opening hours:

·        Ashton Customer Services, Clarence Arcade, Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7PT. For opening times please go towww.tameside.gov.uk/customerservices

·        Tameside Central Library – Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SG

·        Denton Library – Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP

·        Droylsden Library – Manchester Road, Droylsden, M43 6EP

·        Dukinfield Library – Concord Way, Dukinfield, SK16 4DB

·        Hattersley Library – The Hub, Stockport Road, Hattersley, SK14 6NT

·        Hyde Library – Town Hall, Greenfield Street, Hyde, SK14 1AL

·        Mossley Library – George Lawton Hall, Stamford Street, Mossley, OL5 0HR

·        Stalybridge Library – Trinity Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN



Godley Green Garden Village

Quick update on Godley Garden Village – we are lobbying with the press to clarify the phrasing in their articles as this is a fund for infrastructure and planning has not been processed for the plans for housing or approved. GMSF remains under rewrite of which this is garden village vision is a part and then will be under a new public consultation and we are engaging with TMBC as a landowner of land at Godley to ensure best practice is followed to protect greenbelt and also asking for an official update on the borough wide land assessment as yet incomplete, the brownfield register which needs to be recalculated as it contains half the houses that should be listed and the local plan which remains delayed. TMBC can offset housing quota to other areas and we are determined that a full reassessment is completed so all brownfield areas are looked at first and lobbying now nationally that laws are amended to force brownfield development and protect greenbeltas a priority. Updates to follow shortly.

GMSF Rewrite and the Local Plan

The fight goes on as Tameside is continuing to implement a new local plan alongside the GMSF framework which covers housing schools health transport and education for the next 20 years. Greenspaces and greenfield remain under threat and we are focused on raising awareness of the Local Plan and its implications. Keep Tameside Green and sustainable for all!

Housing Land

Housing Land

Paragraph 159 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities to prepare a strategic housing land availably assessment to establish realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing.

Paragraphs 160 and 161 of the NPPF require local planning authorities to have a clear understanding of business needs and the existing and future supply of land available for economic development.

Paragraph 161 of the NPPF also identified the advantages of carrying out reviews of available land for housing and economic development at the same time, or as part of the same exercise.

The Council had previously produced individual reports covering housing land and employment land. The current version of the Housing and Employment Availability Report 2016 brings together these two separate reports.

For 2017 the Council will produce a single Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) which will be published later in the year. This assessment will follow the advice set out in national planning policy and guidance.

Housing and Employment Land Availability Report 2016

The Housing and Employment Land Availability Report 2016 represents a refresh of the available supply of land for housing and employment in order to provide an up to date position across the Borough for the 15 year period from 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2031. This will determine the contribution that this supply of land provides towards the Borough’s objectively assessed requirement for housing and employment land. The updated assessments are crucial to demonstrate best use of urban land in support of the strategy set out in the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) to maximise the use of urban land in order to minimise the need for the release of land in the Green Belt.

It is important to note that identification of a site within the housing and employment land availability assessment does not imply that planning permission will be granted (where it does not already have a current permission). Similarly it does not prevent the possibility of residential or employment development being granted on sites which have not been included within the assessment. All applications will be assessed individually against current planning policy and other material considerations.

Air Quality

What are Air Quality Management Areas?

Since December 1997 each local authority in the UK has been carrying out a review and assessment of air quality in their area. This involves measuring air pollution and trying to predict how it will change in the next few years. The aim of the review is to make sure that the national air quality objectives (PDF) will be achieved throughout the UK by the relevant deadlines. These objectives have been put in place to protect people’s health and the environment.

If a local authority finds any places where the objectives are not likely to be achieved, it must declare an Air Quality Management Area there. This area could be just one or two streets, or it could be much bigger.

Then the local authority will put together a plan to improve the air quality – a Local Air Quality Action Plan.

These pages tell you about the general progress that each local authority is making towards its air quality review. If you would like more detailed information then please contact the officer responsible for the review. Where possible, we have included contact details for each local authority.

GM Housing Providers

GMHP’s open letter to the new GM Mayor:


Dear Mr Burnham

On behalf of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP), congratulations on winning the election and becoming the first Mayor of Greater Manchester.

You have a unique opportunity to end the region’s housing crisis and a critical role to play in transforming Greater Manchester for future generations.

GMHP share your priorities and the collective role we play in communities across the city region means we can help you achieve the promises you have made. We want to work with you to grow the region’s economy and deliver the homes local people have said Greater Manchester desperately needs.

Together we can increase the supply of affordable homes, tackle homelessness and create jobs and growth as we invest and build throughout Greater Manchester.

Hundreds of thousands of people are rightly proud to call here their home. But with rising house prices, increases in private rents and growing homelessness, affordable housing in the region is beyond the reach of far too many. Our research has shown eight out of ten people in Greater Manchester believe there is a shortage of affordable homes in the region.

We’ve been campaigning for everyone in Greater Manchester to live in a home they can afford, and the public has spoken.

It’s now time for us to get on with the job and work together to achieve that goal, build homes and end the housing crisis. Greater Manchester expects and we can help.

Yours sincerely,

Greater Manchester Housing Providers

*Greater Manchester Housing Providers is made up of 27 housing providers across Greater Manchester. We own or manage one in five homes in the region, housing over half a million residents.

Natural England

Dear Ms Mello
Thank you for your email.
Natural England is a statutory consultee in the Development Plan process.  With regards to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF),  Natural England have already been consulted on the Draft version of this plan and provided comments in January 2017, which was on a number of different issues within the plan.  At this moment in time, we have not been consulted on any changes to GMSF and have no further comments to make at this stage.
Kind regards
Alice Watson
Consultations Team
Natural England
Electra Way
Crewe Business Park
Tel: 0300 060 3900
We are here to secure a healthy natural environment for people to enjoy, where wildlife is protected and England’s traditional landscapes are safeguarded for future generations.

How to create a Community Woodland

Hello Charlotte

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

If you are intending on acquiring and managing local woodland as part of a community group, then perhaps you might like to take a look at our Community Woodland Network website, for some inspiration?

The website has resources and information relating to acquiring and managing woodland, principally for the benefit of shared ownership.  This section has documents about acquiring woodland, which you might find helpful.

This section has details about setting up a community group:  https://communitywoodland.org/advice/

We have a section about ‘community assets’ which may also be of use: https://communitywoodland.org/woodland-assets-sale/

It may be advisable to get in touch with the Small Woods Association, as they may be able to provide you with guidance on the sustainable management of woodland for commercial benefit:


Also, the Forestry Commission has a leaflet about woodland management which you may find helpful:  https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/so-you-own-a-woodland.pdf/$file/so-you-own-a-woodland.pdf

The only legislation that protects trees or groups of trees is through a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

TPOs are usually placed on a tree with high amenity or nature conservation value.

This means that the tree or trees will need to be visible from a public place.  The official view is that the trees or tree should be protected if its removal would have a significant impact on local environment and the enjoyment of it by the public.

A tree with a TPO placed on it, requires written permission from the council before any work can be done that might affect it in any way. Without this permission, the person concerned (including the landowner) may be prosecuted.

More detailed information about tree preservation orders is on our website:


I hope this information has been helpful

GMSF Updates

Dear Ms Mello

The newly elected Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the recently appointed portfolio holder for housing, planning and homelessness, Paul Dennett, have announced that there will be a radical rewrite of the next draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF). A timeframe for this has not yet been outlined.

We are continuing to process all the comments we received as part of the consultation for the first draft GMSF, with a view to publishing them after the General Election on 8 June. Details of this will be available on our social media channels and website.

A full press release on both Andy’s announcement and Paul’s appointment on Friday can be viewed here:

Kind regards,

Kerry Bond
Information Officer
Governance and Scrutiny
Greater Manchester Combined Authority

0161 778 7000

GMSF Update

Dear Charlotte,

The newly elected Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the recently appointed portfolio holder for housing, planning and homelessness, Paul Dennett, have announced that there will be a radical rewrite of the next draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF).  A timeframe for this has not yet been outlined.

We are continuing to process all the comments we received as part of the consultation for the first draft GMSF, with a view to publishing them after the General Election on 8 June.  Details of this will be available on our social media channels and website.

A full press release on both Andy’s announcement and Paul’s appointment on Friday can be viewed here: https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/news/article/137/mayor_announces_housing_lead_and_radical_rewrite_of_greater_manchester_spatial_framework_plan

Kind regards,

Joe Heys – Policy and Projects Manager

Open Letter to the reporter

As a passionate member of Save Tameside Greenbelt and Greenspaces I have somewhat concerned by the confusing mix of recent articles, lobby strategy and rhetoric across the board on this subject and as a member of a cross –party group wanted to offer an alternative view of the facts and figures and issues to be examined in this debate. The election of Andy Burnham to GM Mayor has given us an excellent opportunity to begin again with the GMSF as the power to create GMST strategy now falls into his hands. Tameside is part of this framework that runs alongside our local strategy. Our new mayor has made it clear that the GMSF strategy needs a radical rethink away from a focus on greenbelt-led development to boost council revenues by building larger homes to attract skilled workers to live, work and spend their wages in the area to a strategy that includes urban redevelopment, affordable housing and regeneration of brownfield areas. As a group we are fighting to raise awareness of these issues to keep Tameside as green as possible and highlight the need for brownfield sites to be regenerated for affordable housing for the local people who love Tameside.

A key concern we had on the GMSF strategy was that in all the areas chosen in Tameside no mention was made of social housing and this concern was ironically echoed by the Housing the Powerhouse Lobby of house builders in their response to the 2016 consultation. Nor were several of the sites in the GMSF inclusion of the list of sites already laid out in the UDP that has been in place in Tameside since 2004 as our blueprint for housing, transport, infrastructure, air quality, employment and conservation. Alongside the GMSF the UDP is being replaced in Tameside with a Local Plan that should have been implemented in April 2017 and we urge the council provide a draft version and go out to consultation with local residents before implementing this plan and to also explain the financial rationale behind the Local Plan and the Tameside GMSF vision as well. Two informal consultations were held on the GMSF prior to 2016 and all residents should have been allowed the opportunity to have a say on these important matters.

The UDP is a very specific 141 page document which along with strategy documents such as the SDP for Hattersley set out a vision for Tameside. Sites earmarked for development for housing, new railway stations, freight lines were in, conservation areas were referenced and mills to be preserved. In 2004 65% of the borough was designated as open space “Critically, the network of green open spaces which help to break up the urban areas and meet local recreational needs must continue to be protected, and the policies concerned with this are strengthened. “Town cramming must be avoided.” The UDP also highlighted the SSSI and SBI protected areas we need to protect in our waterways and countryside and the ancient woodlands and mosslands such as Ashton Moss as 99% of mosslands in the North West have been eroded according to the Wildlife Trust. From our perspective, the UDP was and is not a perfect strategy and does include sites that we as a group may object to as sites for potential development bordering on greenbelt areas but it set out a very clear vision. A vision however is not a plan of action nor a plan of financial investment. Some potential sites listed for development in 2004 are now built but Tameside seems has not moved forward in other areas if you visit areas mentioned in the UDP today. The planned train station at Droylsden is mentioned in 2004 and features again in 2016 in the GMSF. The question remains unanswered as to who will pay for these infrastructure developments needed? Again worryingly we are in agreement with the Housing the Powerhouse lobby on this point as they ask in their 2016 GMSF response who will pay these levies for new bus links, train stations, new schools as the law of obligation remains vague on this? If you wish to attract an affluent skilled workforce to live in Tameside they need good transport links, schools for their children and doctors with capacity for new registrations. the new GM Mayor could have the power to implement development levies across Tameside but will new legislation be brought in to do this?

The link between building aspirational homes and an increase in council tax revenue to counteract government cuts and our ageing local population is referenced in articles around this issue. Under the UDP “Housing Land Provision Land will be made available to enable an average of 370 new dwellings per year, net of clearance, to be provided in the Borough from April 2002 to March 2011 inclusive, or to the date when a reviewed plan is adopted if earlier. Land will be made available, in addition, to allow for the replacement of dwellings lost through clearance. This is predicted to average 170 dwellings per year from April 2002, subject to monitoring the actual number of dwellings cleared and the possible need to reduce the rate of replacement in light of the tenure and occupancy of the stock which is lost. The Council will give priority to the construction of new dwellings on previously developed sites and the reuse of empty and underused buildings for residential purposes, and will aim to provide at least 80% of new dwellings on such sites between April 2002 and the end of the plan period. Development of phase 2 greenfield sites will not be permitted unless an adequate five year supply is no longer available through outstanding commitments and remaining allocated sites, inclusive of an appropriate allowance for brownfield windfalls. Housing capacity studies will be undertaken to assess the potential for further housing development on brownfield sites within the urban area of the Borough and to inform the need for plan review. The Council will monitor and manage the release of land to achieve the annual average rate of housing provision set out in RPG13 and in doing so will minimize the amount of land needed for new housing”.

Under the GMSF Tameside will provide 6% of the 227 000 houses needed over the next 20 years across Greater Manchester. This equates to under 14 000 houses. Outgoing MP for Stalybridge and Hyde Jonathan Reynolds referenced in an article in October last year that there are Brownfield spaces to build 8000 houses already in Tameside. As we all revel in the beauty and open spaces of Tameside should we not all be focused on the regeneration of town centres and the preservation of our mill heritage? English Heritage has referenced 539 mills to be redeveloped in Greater Manchester. As a group we are asking the council legitimate questions as to how much revenue these GMSF developments would raise offset against the major investments needed to attract these aspirational home buyers to Tameside and in such desperate times who much further will the new local plan go to generate revenue in contrast to the much more positive vision of the UDP?

Fighting against destruction