Build here and it will destroy character of Sutton Coldfield, says MP Andrew Mitchell
Members of the civic society with Andrew Mitchell.
5th April, 2013
Sutton Coldfield Observer
Mr Mitchell was joined by members of the Sutton Coldfield Civic Society on Tuesday (April 2) – in an effort to demonstrate that if the proposals to build on this vast open space are approved by the "Labour-controlled city council, the land will be lost forever".
"The group today thoroughly enjoyed our walk across the green belt," said Mr Mitchell. "The green belt in Sutton prevents urban sprawl and if it was to be built upon, it would destroy the character of Sutton.
"I know that many people in Sutton share the great concern of me and the local Conservative councillors and I have and will continue to argue that all legitimate alternatives must be explored."
The group walked from Withy Hill Road to Chase Farm, a route chosen by local historian, Roger Lea.
This was part of a route mapped out more than 20 years ago, although some of this route is already no longer accessible due to recent house-building.
Following the walk Elizabeth Allison, chair of the Civic Society explained: "This bit of green belt is not taboo. People can walk across it and enjoy the open spaces.
"There are many interesting sites along the way. The green belt should be kept for its original purpose which is to prevent urban sprawl.
"This is a nice walk that is open to people and it would be a terrible shame to lose it."
Four areas of the green belt along the M6 Toll to the north and east of Sutton have been pinpointed as part of the council's housing and economic development plan to build up to 5,000 to 10,000 homes, which accounts to a third of the land.
Birmingham City Council is expected to consult on the final version of the Birmingham Development Plan 2031 prior to its submission to the Planning Inspectorate for examination later in 2013.
For more informationvisit www.birmingham.gov.uk/plan2031.
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