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GM Spacial Framework.

Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy consultation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What happens following phase 1 consultation?

The formal consultation on the first draft ran from 31 October 2016 to 16 January 2017. Every submission will be considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority before a final plan is published for a further public consultation. As part of this consultation process, Rochdale Borough Council will review the consultation feedback we received and make changes to the current proposals where necessary.

What is the Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy?

Rochdale Borough Council is one of 10 Greater Manchester local authorities working together on a joint plan called the Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy.

The spatial strategy will ensure that enough new homes, businesses and jobs are provided across the region over the next 20 years to cater for our growing population. It will boost Rochdale's economy and create new jobs and opportunities.

The Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy identifies:​

  • The housing and employment land needed in Rochdale up to year 2035.
  • The number of new jobs that will be created.
  • Investment opportunities in health, education and transport services to help support local communities.
  • How the local natural environment will be protected and improved.

Benefits to the borough of Rochdale

The benefits to the borough of Rochdale are:
  • The building of 15,500 new homes.
  • Opportunities for new business development.
  • The creation of 19,000 new jobs.
  • Improved transport links.

Areas identified for regeneration

The spatial strategy identifies 4 areas of Greater Manchester for regeneration. These 4 gateways are the areas of land that have been identified for business growth, new house building and improved transport links. They are:

  • The Northern Gateway – covering Rochdale, Oldham and Bury.
  • The Western Gateway – covering Trafford and Salford.
  • The Airport Gateway – covering Manchester and Trafford.
  • The Eastern Gateway – covering Tameside and Stockport.

The Northern Gateway, which is specific for the Rochdale area, has 3 gateways:

  • Northern Gateway 1: This will utilise land between junctions 18 and 19 of the M62 motorway, close to Heywood Distribution Park.
  • Northern Gateway 2: This will be located just off junction 20 of the M62 and the plans include the expansion of Stakehill Business Park.
  • Northern Gateway 3: This will utilise land south of Kingsway Business Park at junction 21 of the M62 and the plans include the expansion of the business park.

Find out more about the draft spatial strategy

 ​​​​​You can view printed copies of the draft strategy at:

You can access additional information about the strategy on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) website.


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