Burntwood Town Centre v Friarsgate – Vote Now…

You will no doubt have read and heard that Lichfield District Council is currently debating whether or not to spend £49million on the Friarsgate redevelopment project.
If you are a resident or business owner in Burntwood you will also no doubt know how many years the blue hoarding site next to Morrison’s has been awaiting development and how desperately in need of redevelopment the shopping centre at Sankeys Corner is.
Please visit our Facebook page @burntwoodactiongroup and take part in our poll where we are asking: Should LDC spend its £49million on a redevelopment of Friarsgate or on the redevelopment of Burntwood Town Centre?

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Lichfield District Council Local Plan

Please note that Burntwood Action Group BAG yesterday provided a detailed response to the Lichfield District Council Local Plan Review consultation. We will be posting further details of our response over the forthcoming weeks.

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Spot the Difference

We invite you to spot the difference and comment on the two photos below. The top photograph is taken in Beacon Park, Lichfield. The other photograph is taken in Burntwood Park. Both photos were taken this week and on the same day…

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Chase Terrace Post Office

Please be aware that the planning application for a change of use from Post Office & Newsagents to a Dental Surgery at Boora Newsagents, Cannock Road, Chase Terrace, will be decided at the Lichfield District Council’s Planning Committee on the 4th of June, commencing at 6pm.

If you are concerned about the loss of the Post Office facility, which follows on from the loss of banking facilities in the area, you can attend this meeting and make your views known.

If you wish to speak at this meeting you can either complete a simple ‘Having Your Say’ slip – name/address/telephone number only, which is available on the LDC website and make sure it is returned to the council before 2pm on Thursday the 29th of May or email: [email protected] and reserve your place.

Having a Post Office in Chase Terrace is an important facility for the businesses and residents in the area, even if you only attend and do not speak at this meeting you will be letting the LDC Planning Committee know that this planning application should be denied.

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Neighbourhood Plan – Your Opportunity.

As you will know from our previous posts, the closing date for comments on the Neighbourhood Plan for Burntwood is the 4th of June – only 14 days away now.
Burntwood Action Group would recommend that all of our followers submit a representation form, requesting at least two opportunities to be added to the outline Plan:

1. Further work to be carried out to establish an outline ‘aspirational plan’ for Sankeys Corner, which should also include a safe walking and cycleway/ promenade to and from Chasewater.

2. Re-designate the industrial estates at Prospect Road, New Road and Mount Road from industrial to residential use. The business units in this area are generally not fit for purpose and the area would be better served by expanding the industrial centre at Chase Terrace and using the brown field sites above for additional housing.

You can find a representation on the Burntwood Town Council website http://www.burntwood-tc.gov.uk – look for the Neighbourhood Plan tab at the top of the page, then click on the representation form document.

Simply complete one form for each of the comments above and either email it to: [email protected] or post it to:
John G Brown, Interim Town Clerk, Burntwood Town Council, The Old Mining College Centre, Queen Street, Chasetown, Burntwood, WS7 4QH

Please take the time to complete the forms, forward this post to your friends and neighbours and ask that they do the same. Your contribution will make a big difference to helping forge a Better Burntwood.



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Car Parking Charges at Chasewater

Car parking charges at Chasewater Country Park will commence on the 21st of May, when the recently sited parking machines begin working.

Charges will be £1 for 2 hours or £3 for a full day. You will also be able to buy an annual permit for £36 from the Innovation Centre.

Burntwood Action Group have been advised that the money raised from all parking charges will be ring-fenced and reinvested in Chasewater.

If you are a regular user of Chasewater, you will know that the car park at the end of Church Street in Chasetown remains locked for use by all visitors, which causes unnecessary environmental and traffic congestion by forcing our residents to drive an additional 3.5 mile to access Chasewater from the A5.

We strongly suggest you raise this issue with your local elected council member; this car park was built for the use of local residents, as was the connecting footbridge in the picture below. We believe there will be parking problems on local roads if this car park isn’t opened as a matter of urgency.


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Neighbourhood Plan – Make Your Views Known

Thank you to everyone who attended the Burntwood Town Council Neighbourhood Plan event at the Old Mining College in Chasetown and at the library, Sankeys Corner today. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you still have until the 4th of June to view the plan on-line and make your comments. To do this all you have to do is visit www.burntwood-tc.gov.uk and click on Neighbourhood Plan. Here you will see the plan and find a representation form, where you can make your observations, which can be returned to the Council by post or email.

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Following our recent posts regarding the Neighbourhood Plan, which Burntwood Town Council have now finalised and which will be available to view on the 12th of May at Burntwood Library, Sankeys Corner & The Old Mining College Centre at Queen Street, Chasetown, we are pleased to confirm that there will also be an opportunity to view the Lichfield District Council Local Plan at an open event – at Burntwood Library on the 5th of May between 10am and 2pm.

The Local Plan will also be available to view at the District Council House in Lichfield, Lichfield Library and Burntwood Library throughout the consultation period, which is 30th of April to 11th of June.

Just to remind everyone, the Neighbourhood Plan feeds into the Local Plan and the Local Plan feeds into the National Plan.

As with our specific Neighbourhood Plan we would urge as many of you as possible to view the broader Local Plan and to make any views you have, either to attendees at the events of the 5th and 12th of May or via the council websites.

Thanks for your support.

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As we have previously advised the Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by Burntwood Town Council and they are now asking for your comments. We urge you to use this opportunity to view the plan and make your views known during the consultation period, which runs from the 20th of April until the 4th of June.

For more information please refer to the Neighbourhood Plan page on the Town Council’s website.

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Just a reminder that there is still time left for Burntwood residents to record their objections with Lichfield District Council Planing Dept to the planning application for change of use of the Post Office at Sankeys Corner.

We believe that currently there are two active offers to purchase the Post Office and run it as a going concern – we need to help to keep this facility open and your action now could help save this valuable asset for the community.

Click on this link: https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk then click on the view Current Planning Applications button and enter post office as your keyword search. You will then see the link for the change of use planning application from post office to dental surgery, where you can record your comment

Thanks for your support.

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