It is a hugely contentious issue and not one that can be taken lightly or discussed in isolation.  No one seems to be in any doubt that there is a shortage of housing and that the existing infrastructure across Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas isn't sufficient to meet the demand.  

The real question is how do we get a plan in place to maximize the use of Brownfield sites, bring old, redundant and vacant buildings back into beneficial use and maintain an environment for future generations.  

It needs to be a combined plan, it needs to link and provide an increased sense of community across the region and it needs to be sustainable, not just for the next 5-10 years but for the next 5-10 generations.  

We have a real opportunity to create a legacy to be proud of but it has to be be collaborative across all departments not just housing or transport but in providing real sustainable, joined-up communities.