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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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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 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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Burntwood Action Group Public Meeting

Wednesday 26th April 7.30 p.m.
St Matthews Social Club

Update on Local Plan Land Allocations Public Consultation

A vision for a “Better not bigger Burntwood”

Please attend our public meeting and see Burntwood Action Group’s Town Plan Vision:

Regeneration of our Town Centre, improvements to infrastructure, affordable housing and the protection of our Green Belt.

Come to see a full presentation of our plans and have all your questions answered.

Our Town Plan Vision is a common sense alternative to the Lichfield District Council (LDC) proposals and we are already receiving very positive feedback from residents and united cross party support from our Burntwood Town Councillors.

The meeting will be attended by Burntwood Town Councillors, representatives from Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council. It is a great opportunity for you to have your say, object to building on Green Belt and to be part of our vision.

Our Consultation Response letters will be available for you to complete. Those of you who have received and completed the letters can return them to us at the Meeting. They will then be forwarded to LDC.

You can also return completed response letters to 10 Farewell Lane

Extra copies can be printed from: www.burntwoodactiongroup.co.uk

Many thanks to Burntwood’s Town Councillors for pledging to support our campaign and very many thanks to the huge number of Burntwood residents who continue to support us.

HAVE YOUR SAY

AND LET’S UNITE FOR A BETTER BURNTWOOD

SEE YOU ON WED 26th APRIL.

This time we will make sure you can hear!

Please address any queries to: Vic Chamberlain, 35 Farewell Lane,  01543 686975 OR Adrian Scattergood, 10 Farewell Lane, 07908226092

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Our latest newsletter

Massive support for campaign to protect Burntwood’s Green Belt

A great big THANK YOU to the 265 local residents who showed overwhelming support at our public meeting on Tuesday 31st January.

Also very many thanks to the Burntwood’s Town Councillors who have pledged support for our campaign. The Action Group is non-party political and we are delighted to see such a high degree of cross-party support.

With so many people prepared to give their time and effort and the £520 generously donated we will be able to mount an even bigger campaign than the successful one 9 years ago.

The two threatened areas of Green Belt are at opposite corners of the Burntwood conurbation. Therefore there will be two prongs to our campaign: Ourselves fighting for the land either side of Coulter Lane and the Chasetown arm fighting to retain the Green Belt south of Highfields Road.  Two prongs, one united front.

If you haven’t already done so please email Helen Fisher <[email protected]>, Leader of Burntwood Town Council and Cabinet Member of Lichfield District Council, to say why you don’t want Burntwood to lose any more of its Green Belt. She needs evidence of the strength of our support to present to the Cabinet. Head your email “Burntwood Green Belt.”

Currently we are:

  • working with local landowners and residents to find additional brownfield sites which can be used for housing. Hopefully we can persuade LDC planners to work with us and abandon plans to build on the Green Belt.
  • lobbying all local Councillors serving on Lichfield District Council to forcefully represent our case at forthcoming Council Meetings.
  • preparing for the possibility that the Local Plan Allocations document, to be published at the end of March, will be little changed from the draft and still contain plans for housing on our Green Belt. During the 6-8 week Consultation we aim to get many thousands of Burntwood’s residents to complete a pre-prepared letter of objection to the Plan. A team of volunteers is being assembled to distribute and collect these letters.
  • having large “SAVE OUR GREEN BELT” signs printed. They can be purchased for £7.50 from Vic Chamberlain, 35 Farewell Lane for display at the front of your property.

We also appreciate Peter Harris’s “Protect our Green Belt” petition and those of you who have signed it. However, when the consultation arrives, letters of objection will carry far more weight.

To come:

Tuesday 7th March Lichfield District Council Cabinet Meeting.    Agenda item:

Endorse the Local Plan Allocations for a minimum of six weeks public consultation.”

We look to our two Burntwood Town Councillors in the LDC Cabinet to pressure their Cabinet Colleagues to remove the proposal for housing on Burntwood’s green belt from the consultation.

IF THEY CAN’T THE FIGHT IS ON

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A request to Burntwood Town Council

Following the Burntwood Town Council Meeting on Thursday 26th January, Burntwood Action Group has issued the following..

 

STATEMENT/REQUEST FROM BURNTWOOD ACTION GROUP

Madam Chairman, Councillors

Burntwood Action Group, on behalf of the resident of Burntwood, seek Burntwood Town Councils help in preventing Lichfield District Councils planned serious loss of substantial areas of “greenbelt” in Coulter Lane and Highfields Road, to housing.

The LDC Local Plan – July 2012 allocated 1350 homes to be built on “brownfield land” in Burntwood over approximately 20 years.

Unfortunately now the LDC Plan Allocations document [ which is now in the public domain] has identified a shortfall of 694 homes.

This is largely because of the apparent inability to bring forward the planned homes on the brownfield site at Mount Road Industrial Estate.

Burntwood Action Group are fully aware that the LDC Allocation document does not go out for public consultation until the end of March/early April.

However prior to the consultation process commencing, the Allocations Consultation document is to be approved by the LDC Cabinet and the LDC Council

In this respect we believe that our Councillors can make representations at the forthcoming Lichfield District Council Cabinet and at the LDC Council meetings to modified the document prior the commencement of the consultation.

On the grounds that any building on greenbelt is unacceptable as it’s totally against Burntwood Town Council’s stated policy.

This is further reinforced by continued lack of infer-structure in Burntwood.
In particular our local Schools are full to capacity, Our Health Centres are not coping, and our roads are totally inadequate to cater for the current traffic and our Sewage/`drainage systems are operating at capacity.

Further more the proposed building of homes on greenbelt land, will be very detrimental the local fauna & flora, as outlined on Burntwood Action Groups website.

But more importantly any building on “greenbelt its totally against the wishes of Burntwood’s residents

Burntwood Action Group are so concerned with the current threat, that we have requested a meeting with the Leader of the Council and the Chairman of the Planning Committee.

This is in order to ensure they fully understand the implications of the LDC Allocations document and the weight of public feeling to the proposed green belt development.

Burntwood Action Group believe It’s worth noting that 2 of Burntwood Town Councillor make up 25% of the LDC Cabinet and that 14 of our Councillors serve on the Lichfield District Council. This means that Burntwood is well represented at both levels in the District Council to ensure that the wishes of the Burntwood’s residents are properly represented.

Our Councillors should also note, that reports in the National Press are indicating, that Government Ministers are preparing to abandon plans to release greenbelt land for housing

Burntwood Action Group will again be campaigning to save Burntwood’s greenbelt and to that end we have called a public meeting to be held on Tuesday 31st January. It would be nice to be able to advise concerned residence at that meeting that we had the support of Burntwood Town Council and that Councillors have undertaken to be pro-active all levels within the Town and District Councils.

We appeal to our Town Council not to allow Burntwood to sleepwalk into this unwanted significant erosion of our precious greenbelt. If we do, we all will be responsible for loosing a major part of Burntwood’s unique character.

We look forward to confirmation of your support

Thank you.

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What the building of houses could do to our local wildlife

In Burntwood alone there is a wide variety of wildlife ranging from badgers to raptors (Birds of prey). The building of these houses would cause a noticeable decline in these species. This is because Burntwood is a prime spot for mammal species to live and create a habitat in. These mammal species would include insectivores like hedgehogs, shrews and moles. But also voles, badgers, red foxes, mice and lagomorphs (hares and rabbits) would be affected. All of these mammals would see a noticeable decline in numbers if the houses are built because of the destruction of their habitat which is fields, woodland as well as your garden environments.

Following this destruction of mammal habitats you would see a significant decline in birds of prey because the fields that harbour these mammals would be lost. These fields are prime hunting grounds for birds of prey, and because their food source would disappear, so would they. Locally the birds of prey would include buzzards, kestrels, tawny owls, barn owls, goshawks and sparrow hawks but you would get many more birds that would be affected like lap wings for example.

I personally have had the privilege of watching kestrels nesting and rearing their young and also seeing the chicks successfully fledge. A lot of the wildlife I have listed is either vulnerable, declining or some endangered and these houses, if built, would be catastrophic to the numbers of these beautiful creatures and it needs to be stopped!

By stopping the houses being built you are helping to keep and conserve the local wildlife and green belt which is really something to be proud of and something that should be treasured for our future generations.

Please take time to view our photos on the website as this beautiful countryside, with all its trees, is what we may lose!

From Charley Scattergood (age 14)

Please support us! (Burntwood Action Group. B.A.G)

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