Councillors insist Lichfield won’t be dumping ground for new homes
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12th November 2013
Councillors have issued a ‘hands off’ warning to other areas thinking about using Lichfield and Burntwood to meet their own house building targets.
The ruling Conservative group on Lichfield District Council made the comments after discussing the area’s Local Plan.
The document outlines the local authority’s allocation of land for new housing across the region in the next 20 years.
But despite recognising that the scale of growth planned for Lichfield and Burntwood will shock some residents, the councillors say they are ready to fight off vultures from other areas.
Cllr Ian Pritchard said: “Lichfield District has already accepted growth from Cannock and Tamworth and the planning inspector has acknowledged how well we have co-operated with them on this matter.
“But as other neighbours like Birmingham and the Local Enterprise Partnership start to eye our open land for further development, they should be clear that they will have a fight on their hands.”
And as rumours grow of other authorities plotting to push developments on land in the area, Cllr Pritchard has urged them to look closer to home.
“Birmingham has many previously developed sites – they should use those first before they come knocking on our door,” Cllr Pritchard said.
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