GMSF ‘could unlock next generation of Tameside infrastructure’
Thursday 11th May 2017 @ 10:30 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

New research claims the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) could underpin a new generation of infrastructure, jobs and services for Tameside residents.

Research undertaken by leading Manchester planning practice, Barton Willmore, focused on the future of infrastructure and public services in Tameside.

They looked at three scenarios for development in the borough up until 2035 – under the current draft of the GMSF, under the policies of the Tameside Local Plan of 2004, and under a more ambitious version of the GMSF.

The research was commissioned by Housing the Powerhouse, a development industry group that is backing the GMSF.

The research found that in Tameside, between now and 2035:

  • Without the GMSF, 5,988 jobs would be created, but with the Draft GMSF, this would be 10,251 jobs and with a more ambitious GMSF, it could be 14,352 jobs;
  • Without the GMSF, the Council would receive £12 million in Section 106 payments, rising to £30 million with the Draft GMSF and £41 million with a more ambitious GMSF;
  • Without the GMSF, the Council would receive an additional £6 million in Council Tax receipts, rising to £14million with the Draft GMSF and £20 million with a more ambitious GMSF;
  • An ambitious GMSF could add 14,000 sqm of office space and 463,200 sqm of industrial and warehousing space.

Speaking on behalf of the Housing the Powerhouse Campaign, Matthew Good, of the Home Builders Federation, (HBF) said: “Too often the debate around development is negative and misses that building new homes and business space is a major way for local councils to make quality places, by bringing in private investment that can be spent on schools, roads and so much more.

“The research we have commissioned shows that an ambitious plan for development in Tameside could mean another 14,000 jobs in the borough over the next 20 years, along with an additional £61 million available to be spent on infrastructure and services.”

The research also identifies key infrastructure projects in Tameside that could be delivered using private investment arising from an ambitious GMSF – including a new railway station at Droylsden on the Manchester to Ashton line, a new link road connecting Little Moss to the Lord Sheldon Way via a new bridge over the railway line, and improvements to Junction 23 of the M60 and the surrounding road network.

The research was presented at an event held in Ashton-under-Lyne recently, focusing on the future of development in towns around the M60 and organised by development industry news and resources website Place North West.

A public consultation on a draft of the GMSF, devised by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, was held over the winter.

It was announced this morning that the new Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has called for a radical rewrite of the GMSF, with the plan now being led by Salford Mayor Paul Dennett.

The initial draft identified six major strategic development locations in Tameside – Eastern Gateway, Godley Green, Sidebottom Fold, South Tameside, Mottram and north Ashton-under-Lyne.