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Brownfield land to be unlocked to allow for net zero housing

Plans have been announced by Greater Manchester to build 30,000 new net zero homes across the next 16 years.

In partnership with Homes England, the project will be part of a wider vision for the area that includes Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. This vision will aim to achieve social, environmental, and economic goals by transforming housing and regeneration in the area, with strategic and tactical interventions needed.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said:

“Right now, we have to be creating homes and infrastructure that are fit for a better future, and our ambition is to deliver 30,000 good quality, truly affordable net zero carbon homes by 2038.

This means unlocking brownfield land for regeneration and ensuring that development supports sustainable growth throughout the city-region.”

Peter Denton, Chief Executive of Homes England, added:

“This new model of partnership is our way of responding to the most ambitious places where there is a significant opportunity and a need to partner more closely.”

Greater Manchester Air Quality Administration Committee have also begun the process of looking at evidence and options for a new Clean Air Plan that will aim to help improve the health of the public without affecting jobs and businesses. Options up for consideration are:

  • Reviewing the evidence to inform a new Clean Air Plan for Greater Manchester, including air quality and the vehicle fleet in the city-region.
  • Assembling a proposed package of preferred measures to achieve legal levels of NO2 in the air, including measures specific to particular locations.
  • Assessment of preferred measures to improve air quality and their economic and equalities impacts.

These plans cover two of the government’s main projects, with the increase in high quality, affordable housing helping towards levelling up goals, as well as assisting Manchester achieve its goal of becoming a zero-carbon city by 2038, 12 years ahead of the government’s final target of 2050.

On 17 November we’re joined by public sector leaders to explore the key challenges that levelling up brings at the Public Sector Levelling Up Virtual Event. Gain insight into what public sector leaders need to navigate the plan while prioritising communities and how to shift regional inequalities to support people and places. Join us for the full day event by registering here.


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