Birmingham City Council approves large scale industrial zone and 6,000 homes on Sutton Coldfield’s green belt
4th December 2013
Local Sutton Coldfield residents were left in dismay as Birmingham City Council approved the latest version of the Birmingham Development Plan 2031, including two large sections of Sutton Coldfield’s green belt near Walmley for housing and industrial units.
The scheme, if approved by the Secretary of State, could see an 80ha employment/industry site the size of Jaguar Land Rover in Castle Bromwich constructed at Peddimore Lane (A38, Kingsbury Rd to Warwickshire border).
The Local Plan also includes 6,000 houses on the green belt bordered by Lindridge Rd, Springfield Rd, Webster Way and A38 Sutton Bypass. Dependent upon the market, this may just result in 3,500 houses, primarily 3 – 4 bedroom houses being built. 35% of which must be ‘affordable housing’.
Local campaigners who oppose the scheme are now calling on ALL of Sutton Coldfield’s residents to formerly object to the City Council’s proposals at the next public consultation.
Residents living in Four Oaks and Trinity wards were also dealt a stark warning that their fight is not over.
At the last consultation, developers were lobbying the Council to provide allocation for 12,000 houses across all of the Sutton Coldfield green belt.
It is anticipated when the Birmingham Local Plan is placed in-front of the Planning Inspector, the developers will lobby en masse and say:
So it will be essential that all Sutton Coldfield residents who oppose building on the green belt, whichever ward they live in, take up the opportunity given to them during the 8 week consultation and let the Council know their individual objections.
The public consultation will begin on 6th January 2014.
Planning and Regeneration
PO Box 28
Telephone: (UK) 0121 303 4041
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