PLANS to scrap hundreds of homes being built on green belt has been hailed a victory by a Flixton campaign group.

The reaction comes after the Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham published his revised spatial framework document on Sunday, which earmarked all major developments in the region for the next two decades.

The new paper ­— first published in 2016 ­— now scraps plans to develop on a chunk of Flixton green belt that would have seen William Wroe Golf Club bulldozed.

The Save Flixton Green Belt Group, which has around 5,000 members, had lobbied the previous Tory-led council for two years to abandon plans to erect 750 homes in the area.

Organisers wrote to Cllr Sean Anstee, challenging the authority’s intention to move the green belt boundary to accommodate housing as part of the spatial framework proposals.

The group argued the council failed to meet the criteria of ‘exceptional’ circumstances that are needed to develop on protected land ­— and drafted in an architect who compiled a case to reason why.

This week, thousands of residents ­— backed by the Labour administration ­— have expressed ‘relief’ that the land has been axed from the city-region’s planning blueprint.

A statement posted online reads: “We are delighted ­— and relieved ­— to confirm that Willy Wroe is not in the revised spacial framework document.

“We can confirm that in anticipation of this announcement we have been working with the council to form a robust legal covenant protecting it from future threats.

“This is a wonderful open space for all the community to enjoy.”

Campaigners also said they will be hosting a series of open days where residents can give their views on how the site could be used in the future.

Meanwhile, this also means the overall number of homes planned for Trafford has been revised to 20,500, along with around 690,000 sq m of industry and warehousing space.

Plans to develop land that housed the former Carrington Shell processing plant, which spans around 1,650 acres, remain in the draft strategy.

However, the 7,000 homes that were originally earmarked for the area have been reduced to just over 6,000.

A further 410,000 sq m of industrial and warehousing space would be added alongside, around half that proposed two years ago.

The development will deliver 30pc ‘affordable’ housing.

Meanwhile, thousands of homes planned for Timperley Wedge ­— a development linked to the airport city expansion ­— have also been scaled back.

Previously, a scheme to build 3,300 homes was tabled for the large plot of green belt land south of Ridgeway Road and stretched around and down to Davenport Green.

However, the new figure is 2,400 ­— and 30 per cent of them will be ‘affordable’.

Council leader Andrew Western said the revised strategy reduces the use of green belt ‘significantly’  –  meets the borough’s housing need – and delivers economic benefits at Carrington and Timperley Wedge.

He said: “It also focuses on providing affordable homes, which is hugely important for us.

“Timperley Wedge, for example, is south of the borough – where house prices are still going berserk – but this site gives us a strategic approach to meet our affordable housing need.

“It also delivers on jobs and growth over the next 20 years.

“The Timperley Wedge site is very important not just locally, but also regionally, because of its proximity to the airport ­— and, potentially, the proposed HS2 station.”

He also said he was pleased that his party has kept its ‘promise’ to Flixton residents by scrapping the proposal to build on green belt land.