- Jane Brophy demands green spaces in Greater Manchester must be protected.
- Plans to build new houses on green spaces in Greater Manchester has been met with mixed reactions.
- Brophy: "Only when all other options are exhausted should we consider moving onto the greenbelt."
Jane Brophy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for mayor of Greater Manchester, has demanded green spaces in the region are protected.
The experienced campaigner said: "The Government and Greater Manchester Combined Authority must work together to ensure no more houses are built on our precious greenbelt.
"We are destroying our green spaces and depriving our children of the areas to grow and play in."
Ms Brophy, who was selected to contest the mayoral election taking place next year, has demanded that old houses and buildings are redeveloped before building brand new houses.
She said: "Before we open up the greenbelt for development we must bring every empty home back into use, develop every old mill building, empty warehouse, factory, brownfield space and derelict piece of land.
"Only when all these options are exhausted should we consider moving onto the greenbelt."
The Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate demanded to see firm plans to ensure Greater Manchester could deal with the extra traffic, school places and other infrastructure requirements and details of where the money was coming from, concluding that "warm promises are not enough.”