This page contains Manchester Friends of the Earth’s responses to consultations.

Consultation responses from Love Your Bike are available on a separate page.


Coronavirus guidance from national Friends of the Earth

15th Mar 2020

Our recommendations regarding coronavirus. We will continue to monitor government advice on the subject and will review and update this page accordingly. Please do check back regularly.

Environment Bill Second Reading (Friends of the Earth briefing)

26th Feb 2020

A new approach to environmental protections will be vital in tackling the climate and nature emergency. However, the Environment Bill currently fails to deliver...

Northern Quarter consultation: Piccadilly Station to Victoria station walking and cycling proposal – Love Your Bike response

18th Feb 2020

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the proposed walking and cycling route from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Victoria Station. Our response is into sections that correspond with the structure of the consultation document. Each section …

‘Doing buses differently’ – Manchester Friends of the Earth consultation response

7th Jan 2020

Manchester Friends of the Earth supports a publicly controlled bus network because the bus system is simply not working well for people in Greater Manchester.

Civil society leaders warn that prorogation risks eroding democratic accountability

29th Aug 2019

Civil society leaders release joint statement on the prorogation of parliament

Our objection to the Council’s application to turn Central Retail Park into a 440 space car park

6th Aug 2019

Manchester Friends of the Earth have submitted an objection to the planning application to turn the derelict Central Retail Park into a temporary (5-years plus) 440 space car park.

Our response to the “Aviation 2050: the future of UK aviation” consultation

21st Jun 2019

Earlier this year, the Government published a consultation document ‘Aviation 2050: the future of UK aviation’. This document laid out some specific policy proposals that may be included in the final aviation strategy.

Letter to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs : re draft Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan

17th May 2019

Manchester Friends of the Earth are writing to you regarding Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan – Tackling Nitrogen Dioxide Exceedances at the Roadside – Outline Business Case.

Open letter from GM-CAN to Manchester City Council

1st May 2019

The Greater Manchester Climate Action Network calls on Manchester City Council to declare a climate emergency.

Our response to the revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

22nd Mar 2019

The plan that will shape the region's development over the next 20 years has some decent policies, but they're not reflected in the sites allocated for development.

A missed opportunity to put climate risks front and centre – the government falls short on revised planning policy

15th Aug 2018

The government has just missed about 10 open goals to protect the environment.

Our response to DEFRA’s Clean Air Strategy consultation

13th Aug 2018

DEFRA recently consulted on the Government's draft Clean Air Strategy. Here's an introduction to our response and why we need both national and local government to take urgent action to clean up our toxic and illegal air.

Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the South East Manchester Multi Modal Study (SEMMMs) Refresh consultation

18th Jul 2018

Stockport Council recently consulted on a ‘Refreshed’ SEMMMs transport strategy.  SEMMMs is supposed to be the South East Manchester Multi-Modal Strategy. Unfortunately, over the lifespan of SEMMMs most of the focus has been on building new roads or widening existing …

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Our Green Summit letter to the ten council leaders

19th Mar 2018

In the run-up to the Mayor’s Green Summit on 21st March 2018, we sent the following letter by email to the ten Greater Manchester council leaders.  We will publish their responses when we receive them. See also our 21 Key …

Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the ‘Congestion Conversation’

2nd Nov 2017

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham launched a ‘Congestion Conversation’ in which he would like to hear about ‘how congestion is impacting people’s lives’ and canvas ideas for reducing it. Manchester Friends of the Earth encouraged people to response to the …

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Stockport Local Plan and SEMMMS refresh – consultation responses

9th Oct 2017

Manchester Friends of the Earth have submitted consultation responses to both the Stockport Local Plan and SEMMMS (South East Manchester Multi-Modal Strategy) Refresh consultations.

Our response to DEFRA consultation on Improving Air Quality

15th Jun 2017

On 15th June 2017, we submitted this response to the Government’s plans for tackling nitrogen oxide pollution in our towns and cities. With thanks to Client Earth for their guidance on these issues and this particular consultation.

Synopsis of CPRE’s response to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

18th Jan 2017

CPRE believes the Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework needs improvement for the next Publication Version or it risks promoting short term unsustainable development growth and it will imperil Greater Manchester Combined Authority GMCA’s own stated aims and objectives for sustainable …

Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the Greater Manchester Spatial framework consultation.

15th Jan 2017

Our response to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework sets out the following objections: * Failure to tackle the site specific and broader issues of air quality * Unnecessary release of green belt * Failure to promote healthy living and tackle …

Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2016-50: Manchester Friends of the Earth response

17th Oct 2016

Following the international climate agreement in Paris last December, the Manchester Climate Change Agency is consulting on an update to the city’s climate change strategy.