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2,400 homes will be built on this ‘Timperley Wedge’ green belt by 2037 – here’s how you can have your say

By David Prior at

A total of 2,400 homes will be built on this green belt land between Timperley and Hale Barns as part of Greater Manchester’s new housing and employment masterplan.

The homes – only 30% of which will be “affordable” – will be built on a large plot of land known as the Timperley Wedge, which sits to the south east of Timperley on countryside between the Well Green and Davenport Green on one side and Newall Green and the Roundthorn Industrial Estate on the other.

A mixture of family homes and flats, the new development – a reduction from the 3,300 homes outlined in an original 2016 plan – is set to be delivered by 2037 and will include the creation of new infrastructure to support it: a new local centre with shops for the community, education and health facilities, green spaces, and sports and recreation facilities.

An overhead view of the ‘Timperley Wedge’ where 2,400 homes are earmarked to be built

There will also be an increase in transport links, including a Metrolink extension to Manchester Airport, enhanced public transport, and a new faster road between Altrincham and the airport. The £1billion development of Airport City is cited as a key driver in the site’s location.

But local campaigners have pointed out that 70% of the new homes – 1,680 – will be not be classified as “affordable”, while the total loss of green belt land will amount to 1,140,000 square metres, or 114 hectares.

And Altrincham residents get an opportunity to take a closer look at the plans – part of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) – this Wednesday at Altrincham Library, between 4pm and 7pm.

It’s the last Altrincham-based event before the GMSF consultation closes on Monday, March 18th.

The feedback from the consultation will be analysed and published before a second phase of consultation held in the autumn.

In March 2020, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority – the public body led by Mayor Andy Burnham and leaders of the region’s 10 councils – will submit the plan for examination by independent inspectors.

Development on the Timperley Wedge would involve building on 1,140,000 square metres of green belt

It is currently predicted the final plan will be adopted and in late 2020/early 2021.

You can have your say on the plans here: https://www.gmconsult.org/

The GMSF claims the plan is one of a number of “tools” it is using to address the “housing crisis” facing Greater Manchester.

Across the whole region, it will deliver 50,000 new affordable homes by 2037 and will transform Greater Manchester into a “top global city, attracting international investment and providing its residents with a high quality of life”.