Burntwood Action Group – Annual General Meeting

BAG Chairman, Vic Chamberlain invites all residents of Burntwood and Hammerwich to Attend:

Burntwood Action Group (BAG)’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Tuesday 6th March 8:00 p.m.  at St Matthews Social Club, WS7 9EP

Following BAG’s rapid increase in membership and the necessity to demonstrate that BAG is a bona fide organisation, representing a large proportion of Burntwood’s residents, we adopted a formal constitution last year. It is now a requirement that we hold an annual general meeting (AGM).

This, our first AGM, will focus on strengthening the committee to continue the fight to protect Burntwood’s Green Belt and to pursue its vision for a healthier, more attractive and more sustainable Burntwood.

AGENDA

 

  • Welcome and introduction by the BAG Chairman.
  • Apologies
  • Chairman’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Review of the situation regarding Burntwood’s Green Belt.
  • Review of BAG’s involvement in producing the Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan and the campaign to create a BETTER BURNTWOOD.
  • Election of Officers:
  • Chairman
  • Vice Chairman – Green Belt
  • Vice Chairman – BETTER BURNTWOOD
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Publicity Officer
  • IT Consultant / website
  • Membership List and data protection
  • Newsletter distribution
  • Committee Members.
  • Any other business

 

Please follow this link to see the Burntwood Action Group constitution and this link to download a nomination form

Please return all completed nomination forms to:

Vic Chamberlain, 35 Farewell Lane, Burntwood, WS7 9DW.

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Lichfield District Council Local Plan Allocations – Advice

Advice to residents on Responding to the Consultation

on Lichfield District Council (LDC)’s

Local Plan Allocations Focussed Changes

Following the meeting of representatives of Burntwood Action Group (BAG) and Hammerwich Parish Council with LDC Planning Officers we are delighted to confirm the following:

The total number of new homes (1054) to be built in Burntwood during the Plan Period (2008 – 2019) will be close to the 1050 quoted in the adopted Local Plan Strategy rather than the 1350 in the Draft Allocations document.

All plans for housing development in the Green Belt in LDC’s Draft Local Plan Allocations document have been removed.

The modification of Burntwood’s Green Belt Boundary will only affect the St Matthews Estate and the properties along St Matthews Road and Jones Lane. These properties will be removed from the Green Belt and the new Green Belt Boundary will be drawn tightly around them. All the land surrounding them will remain in the Green Belt. We would have preferred all these properties to remain within the Green Belt but as there is little chance of winning that battle, it has been abandoned.

South of Highfields Road the Green Belt boundary will remain in its current position at the foot of the gardens of the properties.

If, after inspection by a Government Inspector, the Plan remains as above, it should protect Burntwood’s surrounding Green Belt from ‘rogue’ applications for housing development. However, this cannot be guaranteed as the Secretary of State has already overruled the Local Plan and Court rulings to grant planning permission for 750 homes at Curborough. This is why BAG will remain vigilant for as long as it has the support to do so.

In removing plans to build on the Green Belt Lichfield District Councillors and Planning Officers have responded positively to the objections from ourselves, Hammerwich Action Group, Burntwood Town Council and Hammerwich Parish Council and 4000+ residents.

It is now in all our interest to help LDC adopt the revised plan as quickly as possible.

Developers, who had been planning to build on our Green Belt, will doubtless submit objections to the above changes. To counter them we need to demonstrate to the Inspector that the revisions have wide support.

BAG Committee and Burntwood Town Council have already drafted their responses to the Consultation and we would urge all our members and supporters to respond to the Consultation.

LDC Planning Officers are hoping that responses will be on completed representation forms submitted via one of the following:

  • Online through the ‘Consultation Portal’ – http://lichfielddc-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal – using this method will enable you to register for email alerts for upcoming planning policy consultations;
  • Via Email –to [email protected] ; or
  • Via Post to – Spatial Policy & Delivery Team, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, WS13 6YZ.

For a simpler and quicker method please follow this link and download the letter which can be completed with your personal details, printed and posted to the address above or dropped off at 35 Farewell Lane for delivery to the LDC Office.

Alternatively, if you want to use the official representation form please follow this link for a partially completed copy which can be completed with your personal details and emailed as an attachment to the above email address. If you prefer it could be printed and posted as above.

Many thanks for your continued support

Vic Chamberlain

Chairman

[email protected]

 

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Newsletter January 2018

BAG’s Response to the Consultation on Lichfield District Council (LDC)’s
Revised Local Plan Allocations Document

It is likely that you will have received a letter from LDC inviting you to respond to the Revised Allocations Document. Following a meeting of Burntwood Action Group (BAG)’s Committee and representatives of Hammerwich Action Group, both organisations advise you to DO NOTHING AT THIS STAGE.

Representatives of BAG and Hammerwich Action Group have been invited to meet LDC’s leading Planning Officers on Monday 29th January to discuss our response to the Revised Document. Following that meeting we will be in a much better position to advise you how to respond. There will still be 3 weeks left of the Consultation Period.

The objections from 4000+ residents of Burntwood and Hammerwich, to plans to build 330 homes on Burntwood & Hammerwich’s Green Belt, was a highly significant factor in those plans being removed in the revision of the Allocations Document.
Both Action Groups are delighted with this outcome and endorse the revised document but there are still hurdles to overcome:

  • The Plan has to undergo public examination by a Government Inspector and developers are very likely to pursue arguments for the release of our Green Belt for housing development.
  • To fulfil its statutory duty to cooperate with its neighbours LDC will have to respond to Birmingham’s likely request for Lichfield District to accommodate some of its housing requirement.
  • In anticipation of this request LDC is planning a complete revision of its Local Plan and commissioning a new Green Belt Review and Sustainability Appraisal. Our experience makes us very suspicious of these documents, which can be ‘tailored’ to achieve whatever outcome LDC Planning Officers require.

We have no plans to distribute this information through a printed and delivered newsletter so if you know of any interested parties who cannot access emails please pass it on.

Thank you all for your continued support; we will contact you again after 29th January.

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Lichfield District Council Meeting – Update

At last nights LDC Full Council meeting the revised Local Plan Allocations Publication document was passed with out any opposition. The revised plan removes the two previously allocated greenbelt sites from the housing Allocation, thus maintaining all of Burntwood’s remaining greenbelt.

Thank you all for the wonderful support you have afford BAG through out our campaign.

In the New Year we will be publishing a newsletter detailing what we need to do next to retain our greenbelt, together with improving Burntwood infrastructure and facilities

On behalf of Burntwood Action Group we wish you all a very happy Christmas and a great New Year!

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A Better Burntwood – See you tomorrow!


Don’t forget, tomorrow evening is your chance to show those we elect and the decision makers that it’s time Burntwood got the infrastructure, services and amenities a town this size deserves.

We will also be providing an update on the proposed green belt housing developments at Coulter Lane and Highfields Road.

Come along, have your say on what you think Burntwood needs and together let’s make Burntwood a town to be proud of!

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LDC Cabinet Meeting Today

The revised Land Allocations document will not now be considered at the LDC Cabinet meeting as we previously advised. They will now only be reviewing the “Brownfield Register”, which whilst important, does not have the same significance as the Land Allocations document.

We are currently trying to establish why this item has been removed from the agenda and if this with delay the document being presented at the full LDC Council meeting in late December.

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St. Matthews Club Meeting Agenda – Tuesday 17th October @ 8 : 00 pm

Interested parties are welcome tomorrow. Details and agenda below.

 

Agenda

Meeting to be held at St. Matthews Club on Tuesday 17th October @ 8 : 00 pm

Apologies

  • Current Situation
  • Public Meeting – Wednesday 15th November Planning, Content & Delivery

Important dates :

  • LDC Cabinet Meeting Tuesday 7th November – 6pm LDC Conference Room – Bus Station Entrance
  • LDC Full Council Meeting -Tuesday 19th December –
  • 6pm -LDC Council Chamber – Bus Station Entrance

Any other business

Date of next meeting

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A Successful Campaign to Protect Burntwood’s Green Belt???

At Lichfield District Council (LDC) Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting on Tuesday 19th September the Lead Planning Officer Reported on the result of the Consultation on the Local Plan Land Allocations; he stated that the plan to put 80 homes on the Green Belt off Coulter Lane had been removed from the Plan but the Plan still proposed 375 homes East of Burntwood Bypass.

Unfortunately we misinterpreted that statement and believed that the 375 homes he referred to were the 250 homes planned for the site South of Highfields Road, increased to 375 and re-named East of Burntwood Bypass.

Subsequent questioning of the Planning Officer has revealed that the draft revised Plan removes all proposals to build on Burntwood’s Green Belt.

Sincere apologies to members of Burntwood Action Group (BAG) who were sent an email with the wrong information.

BAG welcomes the proposed changes to the Plan and acknowledges that LDC has listened to the thousands of Burntwood residents who opposed plans to build on the Green Belt.

HOWEVER we are not celebrating yet because:
  • the Draft Revised Plan has to be ratified by LDC Cabinet and Full Council.
  • a revision to the Plan is already scheduled for 2018-19.
  • LDC is under pressure to accommodate some of Birmingham’s housing allocation.
  • until poorly situated Industrial brownfield sites, in the middle of Burntwood’s housing, are re-sited to appropriate sites on the periphery of Burntwood and the land re-allocated to housing our Green belt will continue to be under threat.
Please help us maintain the pressure on the Council by joining us (as spectators) at:
  • LDC Cabinet meeting Tuesday 7th November 6:00 p.m. LDC Offices, Frog Lane, Lichfield.
  • LDC Full Council Meeting Tuesday 19th December 6:00 p.m. LDC Offices
(No commitment other than support of our mission to protect Burntwood’s Green Belt)
BAG Public Meeting 8:00 p.m. Wednesday 15th November  St. Matthews Club
This meeting is planned to:
  • bring Burntwood residents up to date with the current situation.
  • outline what is required to move forward.
  • Inform residents about the Better Burntwood Group and facilitate the formation of a Better Burntwood Committee.
Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan
Based on the outcomes of numerous public consultations Burntwood Town Council commissioned the production of the Plan and representatives of BAG have provided a significant input to the latest draft. It now provides a realistic yet ambitious vision for the future of Burntwood.
The Plan is scheduled to go out for Public Consultation on Saturday 4th November (between 10:00hrs & 14:00hrs) at the Old Mining College, Chasetown and Burntwood Library. Please go along and leave some feedback.
Burntwood Town Deal
This brings together representatives of Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire County Council, Burntwood Town Council, Developers and other interested/influential parties.
BAG’s Chairman attended their meeting on 15th September and is pleased to report that the Group’s objectives are very closely aligned to the wider vision of BAG to:
  1. provide a town centre development which improves the Town’s retail offer.
  2. improve health facilities.
  3. provide the appropriate housing mix for the Town, which allows older people to keep their independence and allows family size properties to be better utilised.
  4. provide better transport links
  5. exploit the opportunities for leisure, health improvement, tourism and business opportunities presented by the close proximity of Chasewater.
From that meeting it was noted that:
  1. the proposed Greenwood House Health Centre is now very close to being signed off – with a forecasted completion date of 2019.
  2. investigations are underway, with an organisation called Back the Track, to convert the disused rail link between Chasewater and Lichfield to a footpath/cycle track. The site of the old Hammerwich Station would be Burntwood’s closest access point.
  3. there is constructive movement to develop the Blue Hoarding site by Morrisons.
Thank you all for your continued support
Vic Chamberlain, BAG Chairman <[email protected]>

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