Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment - Spatial Framework
Commenting on the ‘Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment - Spatial Framework’ published today (7 January), Helen Rimmer, North West campaigner at Friends of the Earth said:
“With national governments failing to take the urgent action needed to avoid climate breakdown, it is more important than ever that our city regions show leadership and reap the benefits of the low carbon transition for jobs and quality of life. It’s therefore good to see Greater Manchester’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2038 and to keep fossil fuels in the ground enshrined in this planning policy.
“The plan rightly highlights access to green space and clean air for everyone as a priority. Radical policies will be needed to shift people from their cars to walking, cycling and public transport. A Clean Air Zone across the city region will be essential.
“However, Greater Manchester’s ambitions to be at the forefront of action on climate change are simply incompatible with the continued expansion and growth of Manchester Airport."