GREEN BELT REVIEW SPELLS DANGER FOR BURNTWOOD

Further to our Facebook post earlier this week (9th of January) regarding modifications to the Lichfield District Council Local Plan Allocations document – which is in relation to housing and employment – we can now further update you on the guidance given by Mr Mike Fox the independent inspector following his review in September last year:
Lichfield District Council have been advised to:
Account for local housing needs AND that of the Greater Birmingham & Black Country Housing Market Area – including the unmet needs of Tamworth & Birmingham.
Conduct a comprehensive Green Belt review to consider whether further Green Belt release is needed to accommodate new development in the District
Conduct a comprehensive view of employment land requirements in the district.
There are significant reasons for concern for the residents of Burntwood regarding these proposed modifications.
Firstly, the need to consider helping to meet the housing needs of authorities in Greater Birmingham & the Black Country Housing Market Area is based on a Duty to Co-operate policy which all neighbouring councils must consider should a nearby council claim that they have insufficient capacity to accommodate their own shortfalls.
In summary this means that LDC will probably have to increase the number of new homes than they were originally planning for the District.
Secondly a comprehensive Green Belt review in effect means ‘look at which Green Belt can be released to accommodate new build homes’.
This is extremely concerning as Burntwood Action Group are now aware that developers have been in discussion with LDC regarding Green Belt land at Bleak House Farm – land near Kingsdown Road, Duke Road & Ironstone Road in Burntwood. We are currently seeking clarification as to the extent of those discussions and we will keep you updated.

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