Andrew Mitchell MP & local Conservative Councillors fight Green Belt proposals
21st October 2013
Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP
Andrew Mitchell MP has been fully briefed by the City’s Chief Planners on the Birmingham Development Plan (2031) and its potential impact on Sutton Coldfield’s Green Belt.
The Council has now released the Pre-Submission Plan which will be discussed by the Cabinet on Monday 21 October, and presented to full Council on 3rd December 2013. This will be followed by a further six week public consultation in early 2014.
Following the briefing, Andrew Mitchell MP, said “I will, alongside Sutton’s Councillors, continue to vigorously oppose these proposals. I maintain that there are other options to building on Sutton Coldfield’s Green Belt and it is, therefore, essential that the City Council takes a more creative approach to regeneration in Birmingham.
“During the briefing I urged Birmingham’s Planning Department to continue to keep an open mind; studies and surveys commissioned by the Local Enterprise Partnership must be completed before the Council can fully consider these plans. I also strongly argued that the second public consultation should not be held over the Christmas and New Year period.”
Newhall Councillor, David Barrie, said “First of all thanks must go to Sutton’s residents for their fantastic response in fighting these plans. As Councillors we have led the campaign with Andrew Mitchell and local residents groups.
“This is extremely disappointing news. Many residents have raised concerns about the pressure these plans will put on Sutton’s infrastructure and in the run up to the Consultation we will be focusing on getting as much information to residents as possible in order for them to contribute in the New Year. The fight does not end here!”
Andrew Mitchell is visiting the designated sites in Sutton Coldfield together with local Councillors and the City’s Planners. Further details about the second Public Meeting, organised by Sutton Coldfield’s MP, on this issue will be announced soon.
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