To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Highways and Housing/ Director of Neighbourhoods/Director of Economy.
The Cabinet considered a report of the Directors of Economy and Neighbourhoods/Cabinet Members Highways and Housing and regeneration and Communications which provided members with an overview of the Greater Manchester Streets for All Strategy, which was to form a sub-strategy to the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040. The Cabinet was asked to review the content and objectives of the strategy and provide any comments prior to consideration by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) had been working with the GMCA, the ten Greater Manchester Districts and the Greater Manchester Mayor to prepare new and updated transport strategy documents which would cover the entire Manchester city region in support of the GM 2040 Transport Strategy. The Streets for All Sub Strategy was to support the delivery of the Rochdale Local Transport Implementation Plan (DLIP) which sets out practical actions to achieve the ambitions of the strategy at a local level.
The Cabinet was advised that this matter was due to be determined by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority at its next scheduled meeting on 30th September 2021. The Cabinet was further advised that this matter had been considered by members of the Communities, regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee at a briefing held on 14th September 2021, where broad support for the proposals was expressed.
The 2040 Transport Strategy and Delivery Plans, alongside the likes of Places for Everyone, would help to articulate for residents and the Government how Councils across Greater Manchester will deliver sustainable economic growth. It will also help to identify transport improvements which will need to take place to support these strategic growth locations. Together, these documents offered an integrated approach to transport and land use planning, by identifying the transport interventions required to deliver the scale of growth being planned across Greater Manchester over the next couple of decades.
At a local level, the guidance will also help to develop the transport and minor interventions that will need to be delivered in the short term to support the likes of the Rochdale Borough Growth Plan, Rail Corridor Strategy and Town Centre Masterplans, as well as Right Mix and Carbon Reduction targets. It would also be helpful when it comes to setting out a programme of priority local transport and minor works interventions for the next five years.
To not approve these sub-strategies could result in the loss of significant future external funding opportunities for the Borough.
That the Cabinet endorses the Greater Manchester Streets for All Strategy.
Reasons for the resolution:
The report provided details of the content and publication arrangements for the GM Streets for All Strategy prior to consideration by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The document will form part of the GM 2040 Transport Strategy 2040, Our Five Year Delivery Plan (2020-2025) and Local Implementation Plan and will be used to inform the design and implementation of highway schemes at the local level as well as support Council and GMCA bids for external funding. The report considers the documents alongside other planned strategic activities.
Eligible for Call-in: No.