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November 25, 2015updated 28 Jul 2021 3:11pm

This new tool lets you map Manchester's new future housing and construction sites

By Ed Hickey

Everyone loves an interactive map – including, it turns out, the nice people at Manchester’s councils.

We’ve written before about Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s open data transport and planning tool, which shows everything from the location of schools to where the mains electricity lines run. But what if knowing how Manchester is set out at present isn’t enough?

Well, now another interactive, open source map shows where the next phase of the region’s development could take place. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework maps the authority’s vast database of potential development sites, drawing on submissions from members of the public for suitable plots.

Not all of those shown have planning permission granted or even concrete proposals attached – but the authority is busy earmarking sites against its long term targets for homes and working spaces.

Users can display developments by expected delivery (those to be completed by 2019, 2024 or all the way through to 2035). As you would expect, it tends to be on the larger sites where work would be conducted in the longest timescale; the majority of one-off and small scale developments (of all use classes) are due to for completion before the end of the decade.

You can see locations for planned housing developments within the Greater Manchester area:


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Or where the area’s new industrial and warehouse spaces will be:

Or new office space:

We know that central Manchester centre is gearing up in terms of vertical growth, and its skyline will look rather different in a few years time. But beyond the impending towers in the centre of town, the development of Manchester’s suburban communities which will also have a transformative impact. Will the biggest developments take place in the likes Partington and along the Leigh Road, as the map suggests, or elsewhere?

Check it the interactive map, or even submit your own suggested plot, here

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