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Salford’s Paul Dennett joins GM Mayor Andy Burnham’s quest to resolve Greater Manchester’s housing crisis

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has appointed Paul Dennett to his team to lead on housing, planning, and homelessness

Under this portfolio, Dennet – who is the city mayor of Salford – will be tasked with refocusing Greater Manchester’s housing policy, tackling the housing crisis, and undertaking a “radical rewrite” of the combined authority’s spatial framework.

He will also drive forward the GM Mayor’s plans to tackle homelessness, working with the newly established Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network to develop innovative solutions to the problem and ensure every Greater Mancunian has a “safe and stable roof over their head”.

"I am signalling a change in Greater Manchester's housing policy. As Mayor I am going to focus on tackling the housing crisis and ensure truly affordable housing is available for everyone in Greater Manchester,” said Burnham.

"I will listen to communities and oversee a radical rewrite of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. I will keep those high ambitions for the homes and jobs we need but there will be a substantial reduction in the loss of greenbelt. Our plan will build the right kind of homes in the right places.

"I'm also issuing a call to developers to work with me to revitalise and reshape our town centres. I want our towns to be residential centres that are fit for the future.

"As Salford City Mayor, Paul is driving the development of social and affordable homes across the city. His zero tolerance approach to poverty and commitment to making sure local people have access to decent, truly affordable homes make him the right person for this role. I’m confident he will help me deliver the homes Greater Manchester needs.”

Dennett added: “I’m really pleased to be taking on this role within Andy’s Cabinet and intend to hit the ground running with regards to delivering on Andy’s mayoral priorities and the challenges ahead.

“Refocusing the Greater Manchester Housing Fund as monies are recycled will be critical to building truly affordable housing within Greater Manchester and meeting housing needs. 

“Similarly, Andy has rightly pledged to eradicate rough sleeping within Greater Manchester by 2020 and I will continue to build on the works of the Homelessness Action Network and the recently launched Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.  A home is a basic human right and any civilised society should look to meet this need, irrespective of how much money someone earns.  

“The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework also provides a unique opportunity within Greater Manchester to provided much-needed homes our residents can afford, connect and strategically integrate the city-region, whilst giving all our residents the best chance of building stable homes, providing for jobs and opportunities, and creating communities we can all be proud of.”

The Mayor made the announcement at The Hive development in Salford, a £2 million flagship Salix Homes scheme which provides much-needed accommodation, training and wrap-around support for young people.

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