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Items
No. Item

13.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Susan Emmott.

14.

Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

15.

Places for Everyone Joint Development Plan document pdf icon PDF 536 KB

To receive a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications / Director of Economy.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications and the Director of Economy setting out proposals for public consultation on the ‘Places for Everyone Joint Development Plan’ document. Following the withdrawal of Stockport Borough Council from the production of the Greater Manchester Plan for Jobs, Homes and the Environment, the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the AGMA Executive Board had agreed to consider producing a joint Development Plan Document (DPD) of the nine remaining Greater Manchester (GM) districts. 

 

Earlier in 2021, the nine Councils had approved the establishment of a Joint Committee to progress the Joint Development Plan document, to be known as ‘Places for Everyone’.

 

The ‘Places for Everyone Joint Development Plan 2021’ was a statutory plan and required approvals from the Cabinet and Full Council of all of the nine relevant authorities, so that the next stages of the Plan could be developed.

 

The submitted report, which the Committee scrutinised, set out the processes that has been undertaken thus far, the content of the plan and the next steps.  Specifically the report was seeking approval to undertake a ‘Regulation 19’ consultation on the plan and, following that consultation, approval to submit the plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination. 

 

The report advised members that a “Future of GM” report in 2019 had set out Greater Manchester’s plans for the future in the face of uncertainty. Despite Covid-19 and ongoing uncertainties about the country’s future trading relationships, the bold and ambitious vision for the city-region remains unchanged, although the actions prioritised to achieve some of those ambitions would inevitably have to change. Greater Manchester’s ambition to continue to be - and further develop our position as - a global city-region, with strong and prosperous communities throughout as well as a thriving and productive economy remains. Without a clear, long term cohesive set of plans it becomes almost impossible to implement and deliver initiatives that will achieve this ambition.

 

Within this context, the need for a bold spatial plan to provide certainty and guide development, investment and infrastructure remained.   The Government had sent a strong message that Covid-19 should not be a reason to delay either the preparation of statutory plans or the determination of planning applications through the publication of emergency guidance to enable local authorities to continue to exercise their planning functions in a Covid-19 compliant way.

 

At a meeting of the AGMA Executive Board, on 12th February 2021, a report was considered setting out the merits of continuing to produce a joint plan of the nine remaining GM Councils, to be known as “Places for Everyone”. 

 

The report highlighted that producing such a plan would enable those nine Councils to continue to:    

a.          progress the strategic policies in the GMSF 2020, for example net zero carbon development, affordable housing and space and accessibility standards for new housing.

b.          maximise the use of sustainable urban/brownfield land and limit the need for Green Belt to accommodate the development needs  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.