URGENT MESSAGE FROM BAG

Lichfield District Council is consulting on its Local Plan Review (Preferred Options & Policy Directions). This consultation ends on the 18th of March at 5pm.
Following this consultation, the Local Plan will be revised and will run until 2036.
Currently Lichfield District Council’s policy for residential development focuses most of the new development on Burntwood & Lichfield. This is despite LDC’s own consultation document stating that Burntwood faces many issues, which include:
• The need for better town centre facilities.
• Existing social infrastructure including health provision requires improvement.
• Limited supply of sites for development within the existing urban area, including brownfield sites.
• Nature, scale and direction of future growth.
• Significant environmental constraints near the town, including sites of special scientific interest area of outstanding natural beauty and special areas of conservation.
• Issues regarding transport movement & accessibility.
LDC planners are also proposing to produce a new Green Belt review, which if it follows the pattern of previous reviews, will make some parts of our surrounding countryside appear not to be important to the Green Belt and could therefore be released for housing.

Virtually all the green land surrounding Burntwood & Hammerwich has already been submitted by landowners to LDC for possible housebuilding.

If like us, you want to save the remaining green surroundings of Burntwood & Hammerwich it is imperative that you respond to the LDC Consultation and say that you:
• Do not support the Preferred Spatial Strategy
• Want it replaced by a strategy, which focuses new development on new settlements outside the Green Belt.
• Have no faith in any Green Belt review
HOW CAN YOU RESPOND?
1. Go online and use the council’s consultation portal: http://lichfielddc-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal
2. Go online and download the official ‘representation form’: https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/…/Loc…/Local-plan-review.aspx (scroll down to the bottom of the ‘Have your say section’)
3. Send your comments by email (using the 3 bullet points above if you wish) to: [email protected]
4. Reply to this post and request a specimen letter written by BAG to be sent to your own email address, which you can then post or email directly to LDC (LDC address will be on the specimen letter)
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE IT TO OTHERS, WE MUST UNITE TO PROTECT OUR GREEN BELT NOW

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