Conservatives Call On Council To Rethink Housing Plans

TRAFFORD Conservatives are calling on the council to think again about housing plans which would decimate large areas of much-loved green belt, when the Government has said there is no need

The group are now putting in a motion to the council, asking how it can support the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, when in a parliamentary debate on the framework, housing minister Kit Malthouse said the government’s targets were not ‘mandatory’,

Timperley Councillor, Nathan Evans, who has brought the motion said that given these factors, and until a satisfactory resolution is found, the Council cannot support the GMSF in its present form and is to instruct the Leader of the Council to confirm as such to the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

He said: “We are calling on the council to pursue its own local plan outside of the GMSF and are asking them to work cross party to achieve this

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“The Conservatives want a Scrutiny Task and Finish Group established with the sole intention of securing cross party support for housing proposals in Trafford alongside securing definitive transporting social infrastructure commitments from relevant bodies. 

“The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Plans in the present form will transform Timperley, Hale Barns, Hale and Altrincham, Carrington with unwanted developments at the expense of our much-loved green spaces and in the process destroying wildlife which will effects all our wellbeing and most importantly risks effecting our health.

 Agreeing with Nathan, Altrincham and Sale West MP Graham Brady, said: “Not only is building thousands of new homes on protected land around 

Sale, Timperley and Hale the wrong approach, threatening more congestion and pressure on local services, but is also unnecessary.

“As my colleague Kit Malthouse stated, government housing target figures are a guide and not mandatory and I will work with my constituents to find a more sustainable approach.”

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