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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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Phase Two of Campaign to protect Green Belt comes to an end

On Friday 12th May Vic Chamberlain (Burntwood Action Group (BAG) Chairman) presented Ian Pritchard (Lichfield District Council (LDC) Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Development & Environment) with BAG’s response to LDC’s Consultation on its Local Plan Allocations.

Also pictured are Mike Wilcox (left) Leader of LDC and Jack Gillespie (2nd left) Treasurer of BAG.

A few minutes earlier Ashley Baldwin (photo averse), Spatial Policy & Delivery Manager was presented with:

2330 letters of response from Burntwood residents.

On 9th May (as reported in Lichfield Mercury) representatives of Hammerwich Parish Council and Hammerwich Action Group presented LDC Officers with 1966 response letters from Hammerwich residents.

BAG is now confident that the total 4296 letters of objection to LDC’s Plans to build houses on Burntwood and Hammerwich Green Belt will have a significant effect on the outcome of the Consultation.

A big THANK YOU to all those of you who took the time to complete one of BAG’s response letters or submitted your own response to the Consultation.

Thank you also to those volunteers who did a fantastic job in:

  • delivering and collecting Consultation Response letters.
  • standing outside local stores and schools accosting shoppers, parents and passers-by to complete Response letters.

 

BAG’s Response to the Consultation contained:

  • The case for preserving all of Burntwood’s Green Belt.
  • Analysis and objections to LDC’s Green Belt Reviews.
  • Analysis and objections to LDC’s Sustainability Appraisal.
  • BAG’s Vision and plans for the Regeneration of Burntwood:

 

  • Supporting documents

 

  • Response from Sajid Javid MP to request for information.
  • Press coverage – BAG Public Meeting.
  • Coulter Lane Photos.
  • Staffordshire Ecological Record:
        • Endangered Species Map (sightings 1990 – 2017) 2km radius of Coulter Lane).

 

  • Species list (sightings 1990 – 2017) 2km radius of Coulter Lane).

 

 

Phase 1 ended when LDC Cabinet Members refused to accept BAG’s proposal to remove plans to build on the Green Belt from the Consultation.

Phase 3 We are now into a ‘waiting game’ whilst LDC Officers analyse all the responses to the Consultation but BAG’s work goes on:

  • Preparing our case for the preservation of Burntwood and Hammerwich Green Belt to present at the Inspection Hearings (Phase 4) should LDC choose to submit their Plan for inspection without amending it.
  • Contributing to the Burntwood Town Deal Working Group to move forward with plans for the regeneration of Burntwood, including re-development of brownfield sites to negate any need to build on Burntwood’s Green Belt. BAG urges LDC Leaders and Officers to initiate meetings of the Working Group so that rapid progress can be made towards BAG’s vision becoming a reality.
  • Monitoring the progress of:
    • the re-location of businesses from the Mount Road Industrial Estate to Burntwood Business Park to release land for housing.
    • the development of the blue hoarding site south west of Morrisons for a new health centre and affordable homes.

 

As indicated, in the reports below, a united Burntwood Town Council and Leaders of LDC have committed themselves to supporting BAG’s plans for the regeneration of Burntwood. Along with the support of thousands of Burntwood residents BAG is confident that its policy of engaging with all interested parties and developing positive, exciting and realistic alternatives to building on the Green Belt will be successful.

Thank you all for your continued support

The BAG Committee

Vic Chamberlain <[email protected]>

http://www.burntwoodactiongroup.co.uk

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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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Michael Fabricant MP backs our call for a Better Burntwood, not Bigger.

Thank-you to everyone who has downloaded and printed the response form. Don’t forget, there is a real threat to these Green Belt areas, so do sign and return the resident response letter. Further details can be found here.

Today our plan to build a Better, not Bigger Burntwood, has received backing from Michael Fabricant. Speaking to our very own Peter Button and Lisa Farrington, Mr Fabricant was impressed with our plans to use brownfield sites, protect the greenbelt and help to shape a more successful Burntwood – rather than a much bigger one.

He stated that..

I very much welcomed the meeting with the groups – it was very constructive. I was very impressed with their holistic approach for the area taking into account housing needs, the need to preserve green belt, the use brownfield sites wherever possible, and the creation of a new shopping heart for Burntwood.

The action groups’ plans involve land swaps which could result in the redevelopment of Sankey’s Corner as a major new shopping heart combined with a new road which would enable the part of Cannock Road by the shopping area to be pedestrianised. In turn this would provide a link with the current commercial development planned immediately south of Cannock Road.

Their plans also involve moving the health centre for housing redevelopment and moving it closer to Morrisons. Most of the additional housing required for Burntwood would be provided on existing and disused industrial land.

Read the full report on Lichfield Live.

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Burntwood Action Group – Press Release

Press release from Burntwood Action Group regarding Lichfield District Council Cabinet Meeting 7th March 2017

“A Better not Bigger Burntwood”

Quoting these words from a concerned Burntwood resident Councillor Helen Fisher ended her impassioned address to the Cabinet of Lichfield District Council at their Meeting on Tuesday evening (7th March).

Following an equally impassioned address from Hammerwich Councillor Doug Pullen, Cllr Fisher was trying to persuade her Cabinet colleagues to modify the Local Plan Land Allocations document before it was put out for public consultation at the end of March.

Councillor Fisher stated that she was representing the views of the many Burntwood residents who had emailed her and the 900 who had signed a “Protect our Green Belt” petition demanding that the Allocations document should not plan to destroy attractive Green Belt sites when dilapidated, underused Brownfield sites, could house all the homes which Burntwood will need in the foreseeable future.

She went on to say “There are many common threads running through the emails I’ve been sent including the obvious infrastructure issues, road condition, traffic & speeding problems, local parking restrictions, lack of shops, worries about school places & traffic issues around schools, wildlife & environment issues, sewerage & drainage problems BUT the one that everyone mentions is that we are being let down by our lack of health care provision. It can take at least 2/3 weeks to get to get a doctor’s appointment and when you do get one some people are missing them because they can’t park!”

When questioned about the efforts made to bring one large Brownfield site forward for housing one of the Planning Officer’s hesitant response made it clear that minimal effort had been made. Residents now assume that Planners have succumbed to pressure from developers and taken the easy option of taking land out of the Green Belt instead.

In response to Councillor Fisher’s question about the number of new homes (1350) planned for Burntwood. Planning Officers stated that they were sticking rigidly to numbers determined in the Local Plan Strategy (2015). They stated that Burntwood, being a sustainable settlement will: “have to accept this number and Green Belt will have to be allocated if enough previously used land cannot be found.” Burntwood Action Group feels that this rigidity is ridiculous when there are many other suitable Brownfield sites throughout Lichfield District which are more sustainable than the site, close to Christ Church, Burntwood, which the Allocations plan proposes to remove from the Green Belt.

Councillor Fisher’s motion to modify the Local Plan Allocations document before putting it out to public consultation was defeated by 5 votes to 2.

Burntwood Action group is now planning how it can best help residents respond to the Consultation at the end of March. It is determined to show that there is sufficient previously used land to accommodate all the houses which Burntwood needs and persuade many thousands of residents to oppose plans to build houses on attractive Green Belt. It feels confident that a huge majority of Burntwood residents want a better not bigger Burntwood.

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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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