10,000 new homes planned for Sutton Coldfield's greenbelt cut by half
Green belt Area D. East of Sutton Coldfield Bypass (A38)
11th October 2013
Sutton Coldfield Observer
PLANS to build 10,000 new homes on green belt land in Sutton have been revamped with the number of properties slashed by half, it has been announced.
At a briefing earlier this afternoon (Friday), Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, told how 5,000 homes are now being planned for land west of the A38 near Walmley and Falcon Lodge.
Two other greenbelt sites which were earmarked for future development have been rejected.
The proposals are being made as part of the Birmingham Development Plan, which sets out a strategy for sustainable growth across the city for the next 18 years.
“Our expanding population means that we need to provide around 80,000 new homes by 2031 and our urban area does not have enough space," said Cllr Ward. "If we don’t explore other options we will have a shortfall of 30,000.
“We have consulted extensively and I understand the reservations expressed by many people regarding the removal of land from the green belt for development. However, doing nothing is simply not an option. This is a clear problem that has to be addressed and there are limits to what we can do in the heart of the city.”
The new development, which will be spread over approximately 252 hectares of Sutton’s green belt, will also feature new schools, health facilities and open space.
The plans are due to go before Birmingham City Council's cabinet on October 21 and full council on December 23. A six-week public consultation will then begin on January 6.
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