Below is position statement from the Conservative Group, to be attributed to Cllr Nathan Evans, Shadow Executive Member for Investment, Regeneration and Strategic Planning:
The Labour leadership in Trafford have overseen a bitterly disappointing redraft of the GMSF. After making many promises not to in the last election campaign, Trafford Labour are still proposing to release vast swathes of green belt - more than any other council in Greater Manchester.
In Bolton and Stockport - where the Labour Party do not have overall control the Council, more progress has been made in reducing green belt take, for example in Bolton not a single acre is being released for residential development. It is clear that where the Labour Party have overall control, they are imposing their plans to build on green belt and providing nothing but vague promises on new transport links.
Nearly two years on from the original draft - the Labour Mayor and Labour Council have failed to listen to the concerns people raised first time round and until they do, these plans cannot be supported and the Conservatives will oppose.