Developer bids to build 2,000 houses on the Sutton Coldfield green belt
Area B.West of M6 Toll, North of Falcom Lodge, Whitehouse Common
30th August 2013
Richborough Estates are promoting an unidentified area of land in the north east of Sutton Coldfield to build up to 2,000 houses.
The company, who claim to help landowners maximise their land assets on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, said it would be directed by a green belt review being carried out by Birmingham City Council and promote the site through the Birmingham Local Plan process.
Landowners have been told Richborough will carry out the entire planning and sales processes on their behalf in return for a modest percentage of the onward sale.
The development will come as a blow to Sutton Coldfield residents who are angry at the prospect of 10,000 houses (c. 26,000 new residents) and 50 hectares of industrial units also being proposed though the local plan.
The council says it needs to build more than 80,000 new homes between 2011-2031 but only has capacity in the city for 50,000 houses, with the rest having to be built in surrounding areas and the Sutton Coldfield green belt.
In a statement, the company said: “Richborough Estates are promoting land on the edge of Sutton Coldfield for up to 2,000 dwellings alongside employment, leisure and education uses.
“Birmingham City Council is currently undertaking a green belt review and we will continue to promote the site through the plan process.
“We believe that the unique socio-economic benefits and the commitment to deliver a very high quality development would provide significant benefits to the city. Further details will be provided in due course.”
However, Birmingham City Council planners have yet to present the proposition of a Sutton Coldfield green belt review to the cabinet for authorisation. So it appears this scheme could just be kite flying.
The draft Birmingham Local Plan is set to be presented to Birmingham City Council’s cabinet during the autumn and you will be able to comment through the public consultation due late Q1 2014.
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