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

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


Transport for the North Decarbonisation Strategy - Our Response

In summer 2021, Transport for the North consulted upon their decarbonisation strategy. Here's sour response to the consultation.

Our answer to the Deposit Return Scheme consultation

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had launched a consultation about the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which closed on 4th June 2021. As a group, we submitted a detailed answer …

More space for nature in Greater Manchester.

Earlier this year the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) asked for residents and businesses ideas on what should be included in a Nature Recovery plan. Manchester Friends of the Earth responded to this consultation and the response is summarized below.

Clean Air Greater Manchester

Clean Air Zone Consultation (Greater Manchester)

Manchester Friends of the Earth responded on 3rd December to the Clean Air GM consultation on a proposed Clean Air Zone. Read our response here (pdf).

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Manchester Friends of the Earth response to Manchester City Centre Transport Strategy

Manchester Friends of the Earth responded to the Manchester City Centre Transport Strategy on 3rd November 2020. Read our response (pdf).

Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the English Tree Strategy consultation

The government recently held a public consultation on its new England Tree Strategy – a crucial policy on the future of trees in England. Friends of the Earth argues that we need this new strategy to double tree cover if we’re …

Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the Local Plan consultation

Manchester City Council is preparing its Local Plan – a plan for how the city will develop over the next 15 to 20 years.

The impact of coronavirus on the planning system

COVID-19 is causing widespread disruption to the UK planning system, which is there to ensure that the development and use of land is in the public interest. How can the right of the public to hold local decision-makers to account (and scrutinise plans for development) be protected during these difficult times?

Environment Bill Second Reading (Friends of the Earth briefing)

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

Piccadilly Station to Victoria station walking and cycling proposal - Love Your Bike response

Our response to the consultation on the proposed walking and cycling route from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Victoria Station.

'Doing buses differently' - Manchester Friends of the Earth consultation response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our response to DEFRA's Clean Air Strategy consultation

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

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 …