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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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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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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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