Council reads Sutton Coldfield green belt its last rites
Green belt area D. East of Sutton Coldfield Bypass (A38)
12th October 2013
Birmingham City Council has finally revealed the areas of the Sutton Coldfield green belt it has earmarked for inclusion in the pre-submission version of the Birmingham Local Plan. The sites, if approved for release, will be allocated for housing and employment over the next 20 years.
The proposals include developing Sutton Coldfield Area C (Lindridge Rd, Springfield Rd, Webster Way and A38 Sutton Bypass) for housing and the lower part of Area D (A38, Kingsbury Rd to Warwickshire border) for 80ha employment/industry.
An allowance of 6,000 houses will be allowed on Area C, with a release of 5,100. 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’.
The planning team rejected building on the remaining green belt sites to the north of Sutton Coldfield after carrying out a review of the quality of land and housing market.
While this would appear to be a New Hall ward issue for many, residents from both Trinity and Four Oaks would be mistaken to think this is now over.
You do have to ask where the demand for the other 5,000 houses has gone? Reduced need, more cross-border support from neighbouring Local Authorities or more inner city sites viable again?
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 6 week consultation and let the Council know their individual comments.
The next version of the document (Pre-Submission Version) will be considered by Cabinet on the 21st of October, before being taken forward to Full Council on the 3rd of December. Should the Plan be approved, public consultation will begin early in the New Year.
As I have stated many times before. It is your Sutton Coldfield and you should have a say on how you want it to be in fifteen years’ time, bearing in mind our heritage can be destroyed by the stroke of a pen.
Planning and Regeneration
Birmingham City Council
1, Lancaster Circus
Queensway, Birmingham, B22JE
PO BOX 14439
Telephone: (UK) 0121 303 4041
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