Condescending Developers

Followers of our web site will know that the Local Neighbourhood Plan for Burntwood was recently submitted by Burntwood Town Council.

Once submitted objections and responses to the Plan are received from interested parties – including developers – and these responses are reviewed and commented on by BTC.

Over the next few days we will publish relevant excerpts from 4 developers who have responded to the Plan in regard to Green Belt areas surrounding Burntwood.

BTC has responded to these developers explaining that there is no requirement for a Neighbourhood Plan to allocate land for residential development and that this is a matter for the Lichfield District Council Local plan – translated this means that Burntwood Green Belt will be under serious threat once again from residential builders.

In the first of these excerpts below you will see how condescending developers can be – the statement that regenerating and developing the Town Centre will not ensure continued vitality is plainly ridiculous – they want to build yet more houses to ‘create footfall’ to the Town Centre. But we know that our schools are already full, it’s a 3 week wait for a Doctors appointment, the Police Station in Chasetown has closed, access to leisure areas are limited (or locked) and the whole area looks tired and worn out, including the roads, which if the developers get their way will have to carry significantly more traffic.

Please comment on these posts, forward them to anyone you think may be interested and get ready for a battle for our Green Belt and a Better Burntwood.

Excerpt from comments on the Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan by Savills:

‘We consider that regenerating and developing within the town centre alone will not ensure the continued vitality of Burntwood town centre. It is apparent that the current local community is not enough to sustain the existing town centre and therefore more residents are required to ensure its success. Therefore, we propose that further residential development should be encouraged within the Neighbourhood Plan in order to expand the local community and seek to increase the footfall of visitors to the town to use the existing and proposed shops and services being sought.
Unlike greenfield sites, in most cases brownfield sites (particularly those which have been used for employment uses) have significant build costs related to demolition and ground conditions works which usually means that their viability can be affected meaning potentially reduced Section 106 contributions towards obligations such as affordable housing or community facilities. Due to viability reasons, we consider that the limited brownfield sites currently proposed for residential development within Burntwood will not provide the investment alone which will be required to rejuvenate the town centre nor will their scale mean that they will generate to scale of residents required to sustain any new retail, leisure or food and drink uses which may be developed’

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