Plans have been revealed for at least 225,000 homes across Greater Manchester, including some on green belt land.
The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) scheme has identified sites for housing developments that may be built on over the next 20 years.
Green belt sites at Pilsworth, Carrington, Cheadle Hulme and Ashton Moss have been featured on the list.
The plans will be discussed by the 10 council leaders of the region on Friday prior to the launch of consultation.
A draft report states the release of some green belt is “essential” in order to keep up with the growth in the city region.
The combined authority said last year that 47% of the total land area of Greater Manchester was designated as green belt and this would be cut to 43% if the plans were approved.
Meanwhile, West Salford Greenway, Rectory Lane, Standish in Wigan and land within the Roch Valley in Rochdale would be newly designated as green belt.
The GMSF also included proposals for a new railway station at Droylsden and a Westhoughton bypass between Atherton and the M61.
Council leaders agreed that previously industrial land should be used before the development of any protected space.
They say 200,000 new jobs will be created as industrial and warehousing sites are built or increased, as well as work on new roads and infrastructure to support them.
The report says: “We are preparing the GMSF to make sure that investment and growth in houses and jobs happens but also benefits our residents and makes Greater Manchester a better place to live and work.
“We need to be able to plan for schools, green spaces, roads and health facilities alongside new homes, offices and factories. If we don’t do this, it won’t happen.”
Mark Hunter, Liberal Democrat councillor for Cheadle Hulme South, said: “There is a problem about shortage of housing and we do particularly want to help those who are desperate to get their foot on the housing ladder.”