The much-delayed Greater Manchester Spatial Framework draft was launched last month, sparking great debate over where new development should be located within the region. The consultation is ongoing until 19 March, so make sure you have your say before then. For this issue’s Localcheck, Lucas takes the chance to explore the pros and cons of some of the development proposed for Stockport’s town centre.

We’re jam packed with interviews for February, having exchanged words withtheatre production duo Nikki Mailer and Hafsah Aneela Bashir; rapier tongued poet John Cooper Clarke; jazz musician Doron Segal; Un-Convention co-founder Jeff Thompson; comedian Chris Arnold; and, last but not least, this issue’s featured artist, Ellen Jewett, whose sculptures you can see in full by clicking the icon in the top left of your screen.

Elsewhere, we report back from Irma Vep’s gig at Gullivers, take a look at local reporting, and Filmreel hosts a range of reviews, from hard-hitting documentary Who Will Write Our History? to the suave, female-led noir, A Simple Favour.

Enjoy the read.