THE latest plans setting out where 165,000 homes will be built across Greater Manchester over the next 15 years have been submitted to the government.

Places for Everyone – a strategy for housing, jobs and the environment which has been repeatedly revised – is now in the hands of the Secretary of State.

The document was submitted last week and independent inspectors will now be appointed by the government to examine it in full.

It comes after a public consultation into the plans received 15,868 comments.

The major masterplan which has been in the making for many years now only involves nine boroughs due to Stockport’s decision to pull out of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) at the eleventh hour in late 2020.

Nearly 165,000 new homes are proposed in the latest plans – which cover Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan – down from the 180,000 in the 2020 version of the GMSF, and the 227,000 suggested in the first draft which was published in 2016.

In total, 50,000 homes will be affordable with 30,000 available for social rent.

The revised housing numbers means some proposed developments in the plans have been scaled down while others have been removed altogether.

The latest Places For Everyone plan features a 60 per cent reduction in green belt development compared to the first version of the GMSF published in 2016.

More than 55m sq ft of office, industrial and warehousing space is also proposed across the nine boroughs – including some on green belt land.

A consultation on the latest plan took place from last August to October. There were 3,882 submissions made, with a total of 15,868 comments on all the policies proposed.