Call for residents to oppose plans to build homes on Green Belt

Green Belt battleground - Greater Manchester Credit: ITV Granada

It's a race against time to save the Green belt in Greater Manchester.

That's the view of several groups of angry residents which have sprung up all over the area to oppose plans contained in one of the most controversial documents of recent times - the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

A consultation on plans to build thousands of new homes across the county - many of them of previously protected Green Belt land - ends on Monday, January 16.

Local authorities which support the plan say it will help boost the number of affordable homes in the area - and create jobs.

The Framework's official website states: ''The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) will ensure that we have the right land in the right places to deliver the homes and jobs we need up to 2035.''

But the 20-year plan has caused angry protests by residents who say they want to protect their environment.

The map showing where development could happen Credit: Greater Manchester Combined Authority