3rd July 2014
A new report published by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Building a Better Britain, says there is an urgent requirement by the next UK Government to evaluate the Green Belt, enabling communities to unlock the housing and growth potential of what it calls ‘wasted land’.
27th June 2014
Never before has there been such a requirement to redraw the boundaries of the West Midlands Green Belt, freeing up valuable land to satisfy the regions’ hunger for employment and housing land, for the next 20 years.
24th June 2014
Birmingham City Council will formally submit the development plan to the Secretary of State (SoS) next week, once a number of minor amendments based on feedback made during the consultation have been approved by Councillor Tahir Ali.
7th June 2014
Sutton Coldfield Rural has discovered that Birmingham City Council are tendering for a masterplanner to device a scheme to support its desire to build an urban extension on the Sutton Coldfield green belt to the west of the A38 at Walmley.
3rd June 2014
Birmingham City Council is on the hunt for a masterplanner for a 273-hectare ‘urban extension’ near Sutton Coldfield. The development will host up to 6,000 new homes alongside new amenities and sustainable transport links on former greenbelt land to the west of the A38 at Langley.
20th May 2014
Waheed Nazir warns of 'incredible challenge' and says councils must wake up and start dealing with housing shortage. The man charged with leading Birmingham's regeneration has urged neighbouring authorities to look at their green belt land for development and "wake up" to the major housing crisis facing the sub-region.
Sutton Coldfield Rural Campaign and Beacon Street Area Residents' Association (BSARA), a member of the Lichfield Alliance have, have discovered during the Birmingham Development Plan 2031 (Pre-submission) consultation, a consortium made representations, through a joint industry study, for further green belt to be released in Sutton Coldfield for housing.
Thousands of houses stand empty across Birmingham, while Council targets green belt to build new homes
A Homes From Empty Homes Report 2013 has revealed an eye watering 9,239 houses are standing empty across Birmingham, while 3,759 are categorised as ‘long term empty’. The findings are quite demanding considering Birmingham City Council reported in July 2013 approximately 33,000 households were waiting for social housing.
7th March 2014
Sutton Coldfield Rural, with the help and support of Beacon Street ARA of Lichfield, has already written to Birmingham City Council seeking guidance on how this announcement affects the Birmingham Development Plan 2031, the development on Sutton Coldfield's green belt and building shortfall houses in neighbouring LAs boundaries.
Huge Public Meeting in Sutton Coldfield Condemns Labour Council's Plan to build on Sutton’s Green Belt
11th February 2014
Andrew Mitchell held a Public Meeting on Thursday night at All Saints’ Church in Four Oaks to discuss Birmingham City Council’s plans to build on Sutton’s Green Belt. The consultation period is now well under way, and the meeting served to highlight ways in which Suttonians can make their voices heard on this crucial issue.
29th December 2013
Sutton Coldfield Rural Campaign and Beacon Street Area Residents' Association (BSARA), a member of the Lichfield Alliance have been examining the Birmingham Development Plan 2031 (Pre-submission version) since it was released in October 2013 and have concluded, that in its current form, a Planning Inspector would probably rule it unsound.
14th January 2014
MP Andrew Mitchell backs constituents in battle against Birmingham City Council housing plan. Hundreds of Sutton Coldfield residents turned out to tell developers and Birmingham City Council to keep their hands off the green belt.
3rd January 2014
Residents campaign against housing plan for farmland near Walmley and Minworth. Sutton Coldfield residents braved the winter weather to stage a protest walk around green belt land under threat from a proposed new housing development.
Birmingham Development Plan 2031: Comments Form - Part C: Comments on the duty to co-operate and legal compliance
5th January 2014
Sutton Coldfield Rural Campaign/Project Fields and Beacon Street Area Residents' Association (BSARA), a member of the Lichfield Alliance have been examining the Birmingham Development Plan 2031 (Pre-submission version) since it was released in October 2013 and have concluded, that in its current form, a Planning Inspector would rule Birmingham City Council’s local plan is not in compliance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
2nd January 2014
THE fight to save Sutton’s coveted green belt land was set to stride into action today (Friday), with MP Andrew Mitchell joining local councillors and campaigners on a peaceful protest walk. Mr Mitchell, who has vowed to “vigorously oppose” the proposed development plan to build 5,000 homes on land west of the A38 Sutton Coldfield Bypass near Walmley and Falcon Lodge, was due to lend his support by walking the perimeter of the earmarked site.
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.
24th November 2013
Residents called to attend next New Hall ward councillors' meeting at St John's Church in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, over Birmingham City Council's plans to build 6,000 on green belt. Residents fighting to protect Sutton's green belt from 6,000 new homes are urging people to vote with their feet by attending a public meeting next week.
23rd November 2013
A joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment commissioned by Coventry & Warwickshire has revealed Coventry City Council may have to build over 23,600 new homes between 2011 - 2031. Coventry’s Local Plan was withdrawn after Government Inspector, Robert Yuille, found it to be unsound due to a failure to fulfil its duty to cooperate on housing numbers with neighbouring local authorities.
Everybody needs good neighbours: Invitation to Brum's neighbouring LAs to comment on the Birmingham Development Plan 2031
17th November 2013
The Birmingham Development Plan 2031 (Pre-submission version) says household projections show there is a requirement for Birmingham to build 81,500 houses over the plan period 2011-31, but there is only capacity to build 51,100 homes within its own boundary, including 6,000 houses on the Sutton Coldfield green belt.
Green Belt campaigners conclude the Birmingham Development Plan 2031 (Pre-submission version) is unsound
Sutton Coldfield green belt campaigners currently examining the Birmingham Development Plan 2031 (Pre-submission version) have concluded, that in its current form, a Planning Inspector would rule it unsound. The local plan says Birmingham has a requirement to build 80,000 houses between now and 2031 but only has capacity for 45,000 in the urban area, with 6,000 being constructed on the Sutton Coldfield green belt.
6th November 2013
Campaigners trying to stop building on the city’s green belt fear developers will be able to grab even more of the protected land by challenging Birmingham City Council’s revised Development Plan at a public inquiry next year. The warning comes after the city council’s final draft development plan was issued, complete with scaled down proposals to build on green belt sites to the east of Sutton Coldfield.
3rd November 2013
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 10,000 new homes on Sutton's green belt have been revised with the number of proposed properties slashed by half. The sprawling 5,000-home development – which would also include two primary schools, one secondary school, health facilities and open space – is being earmarked for 232 hectares of land west of the A38 Sutton Coldfield Bypass, near Walmley and Falcon Lodge.
24th October 2013
Most of the attention paid so far to the Birmingham Development Plan, which sets allocations for housing growth up to 2031, has focused on green belt development in Sutton Coldfield. This is understandable, for there is nothing more likely to enrage Sutton Tories than the prospect of Labour-controlled Birmingham City Council sending bulldozers into the countryside.
21st October 2013
Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet today signed off on the controversial Birmingham Development Plan 2031 (pre-submission version), which will see two sections of Sutton Coldfield’s green belt carpeted over with 6,000 houses and 80ha of industrial units.
21st October 2013
Andrew Mitchell MP has been fully briefed by the City’s Chief Planners on the Birmingham Development Plan (2031) and its potential impact on Sutton Coldfield’s Green Belt. The Council has now released the Pre-Submission Plan which will be discussed by the Cabinet on Monday 21 October, and presented to full Council on 3rd December 2013. This will be followed by a further six week public consultation in early 2014.
16th October 2013
Birmingham City Council say they will be consulting on the pre-publication draft of their Local Plan in Q1/2014 when infrastructure providers, like CENTRO and the Highways Agency, are expected to make a submission. The current draft of the Plan proposes that neighbouring local authorities provide sites for 30,000 homes.
11th October 2013
The huge development could include two primary and one secondary school, a health centre, shops and open space. A sprawling new housing estate of up to 5,000 homes could be built on Birmingham green belt under the council’s new Development Plan.
11th October 2013
PLANS to build 10,000 new homes on green belt land in Sutton have been revamped with the number of properties slashed by half, it has been announced. At a briefing earlier this afternoon (Friday), Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, told how 5,000 homes are now being planned for land west of the A38 near Walmley and Falcon Lodge.
25th September 2013
Birmingham City Council will present the pre-submission version of the Birmingham Development Plan to the Council Cabinet for approval on 21st October 2013. It is widely tipped the plan will include proposals to release green belt land to the North and East of Sutton Coldfield for development of 50 hectares of employment land and between 5,000 to 10,000 new homes.
Birmingham’s Mid-2012 population projections indicate less pressure for Sutton Coldfield green belt homes
16th September 2013
The internal net migration mid-2012 recorded a negative figure of -3,165, according to official figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The key increase to note is natural change (births and deaths). The good news is that higher birth rates mean larger families not necessarily more households, hence faster than expected population growth does not mean faster than expected household growth.
12th September 2013
Schedule for Birmingham City Council’s pre-submission version of the Local Plan authorisation revealed. Birmingham City Council, as part of their Birmingham Development Plan 2031, is looking at opportunities in the city for housing and employment throughout Birmingham and the surrounding area.
7th September 2013
Rural expansion is being driven through to counter a housing shortfall, despite there being thousands of properties with full or outline planning permission ready to be built within the city. Almost 17,000 homes are waiting to be built on brownfield sites in Birmingham – even as officials push forward with a scheme to construct 10,000 dwellings in the green belt.
5th September 2013
Andrew Mitchell says city's backlog of 17,000 houses with planning permission proves rural expansion is unnecessary. Birmingham has a backlog of 17,000 homes with planning permission – leading to demands to get them built and spare the green belt .
Fears Sutton Coldfield’s Education facilities won’t be able to cope if more homes are built on the green belt
3rd September 2013
A Freedom of Information request to Birmingham City Council has discovered what residents living in Roughly and former green belt site, Harvest Fields, have known for some time – transferring siblings to the nearest secondary school - a single bus journey 1 mile away, is already a challenge today.
28th August 2013
Company bids to build 2,000 homes for 'modest percentage' of future sales. Developers who describe their method of working as gaining planning permission on a ‘no win no fee’ basis want to build 2,000 homes in the Sutton Coldfield green belt.
1st August 2013
The forthcoming Birmingham Local Plan Review is very likely to propose several options for expanding Birmingham eastwards around the M6 toll road onto the Sutton Coldfield green belt. Birmingham is already asking neighboring authorities to increase their housing number to accommodate some of Birmingham needs, the Black Country seems willing to do so, but it wont be enough, hence the rumors that 10,000 houses will be needed in the Green Belt somewhere to the East of Sutton Coldfield.
17th July 2013
The Birmingham Development Plan, rumoured for publish this Summer 2013, is supposed to decide how many houses will be built between the years 2011 and 2031 and will determine the commercial expansion by way of industrial and office premises. The plan is currently evaluating proposals to build between 5,000 to 10,000 houses and 50ha industrial zone on the Sutton Coldfield green belt, which could result in a local population increase of upwards of 26,000 people. its website shortly before public consultation commences.
9th July 2013
Birmingham City Council has announced the Birmingham Development Plan for housing and industrial growth will be published for consultation in the Autumn. The original date was June 2013. Councillor Tahir Ali said at this weeks Full Council Meeting "The pre-submission version of the Birmingham Development Plan is due to go to Cabinet and then come to the City Council for approval towards the end of the year."
3rd July 2013
A written Ministerial Statement by Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis, this week, has once again confirmed the increased protection of the green belt by the coalition Government.
8th June 2013
The campaign against building 10,000 houses and 50 hectares of industrial zone on the Sutton Coldfield green belt will take the fight into the Council chambers this week, as it challenges the Council leaders over its proposals. The campaign will raise a number of points, including whether the next consultation will explain any significant deviations from the West Midlands RSS, for example, accommodating 57,500 homes in Birmingham without resorting to the green belt.
25th May 2013
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced 17 Local Authorities have been successful in applying for exemption from the controversial scheme to enable empty commercial properties to be converted into residential use without planning permission.
19th May 2013
A Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) report commissioned by the Government Office for the West Midlands (GOWM), established that infrastructure has always been a key challenge in delivering sustainable developments around the A38 Lichfield/Sutton Coldfield corridor.
23rd April 2013
The number of people migrating to the United Kingdom has fallen by over 80,000 during the last year, according to official figures by the ONS, showing net migration fell by a third.
15th May 2013
Andrew Mitchell MP raised the importance of protecting Sutton’s Green Belt during last week’s debate in the House of Commons following the Queen’s Speech. Sutton’s MP has consistently argued that the proposal to build 10,000 homes on Sutton’s Green Belt is unnecessary and that all other options to solve Birmingham’s housing problems must be explored with an open mind before building on Green Belt land.
6th May 2013
Sutton Coldfield Rural Campaign has once again taken up the opportunity made available by Birmingham City Council, to ask any Cabinet Member or District Committee Chairman a question, in person and in public, at a ‘Question Time’ style session during the city council meeting on 11th June 2013, 2.00pm at Birmingham City Council House.
4th May 2013
A Department for Communities and Local Government led scheme to help local councils increase the number of homes and their use has awarded Birmingham City Council £10,269,899 during the Grant Determination 2013-14. The pay-out was the highest allocation given to a Local Council and will be paid in 12 monthly installments.
4th May 2013
From Spring 2013, for a limited period of three years, the Government has announced changes to the ‘permitted development rights’ allowing office space (B1) to be converted into residential homes (C3) without the need for planning permission from the local authority.
27th April 2013
By now you should be aware of the Birmingham Development Plan 2031, which includes the proposal to build up to 10,000 new homes (c.26,000 residents) and industrial zone on the Sutton Coldfield green belt over the next 20 years. But did you know Lichfield District Council, just 15 miles north of Sutton Coldfield, have published a Local Plan? They are proposing to build 9,000 new dwellings increasing the population by 15,000 in the District over 20 years.
20th April 2013
A Homes From Empty Homes Report has revealed an eye watering 12,128 houses are standing empty across Birmingham, while 5,131 are categorised as ‘long term empty’.
The study, published in October 2012, discovered of the 12,128 empty dwellings, 11,003 to be privately owned, 566 Council houses, 458 Housing Association and 101 classified as other.
12th April 2013
The proposed Birmingham Development Plan 2031 is supposed to decide how many houses will be built between the years 2011 and 2031 and will determine the commercial expansion by way of industrial and office premises.
9th April 2013
“What are the results of a financial viability study, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework, and associated infrastructure costs to build 10,000 new homes on the Sutton Coldfield green belt?”
5th April 2013
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".
23rd March 2013
Sutton Coldfield Rural Campaign has joined forces with Beacon Street Area Residents' Association (BSARA), a member of the Lichfield Alliance, to examine the impact of the Birmingham Development Plan 2031 on Sutton Coldfield and it's neighbouring Local Authorities.
11th March 2013
Birmingham City Council’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment undertaken in 2012 indicates that there will be a requirement between 80,000 and 105,000 new homes in Birmingham, or in neighbouring Local Authorities, between 2011 and 2031.
30th January 2013
Sutton Coldfield’s MP, Andrew Mitchell, has received positive responses from the Planning Minister, Nick Boles, to the Written Parliamentary Questions he tabled to the Government in an effort to begin to explore alternative options to building on Sutton’s Green Belt.
14th December 2012
Good Hope Hospital situated on Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield, already covers a catchment population of around 450,000, and sees more than 76,000 accident and emergency attendances per year including people from Tamworth and Lichfield.
UP to 10,000 new homes and a 50 hectare industrial zone could be built on Sutton Coldfield's green belt
26th October, 2012
Four sites are being looked at to accommodate the extra homes, which are needed to cater for Birmingham's booming population, set to increase by up to 150,000 by 2031.Areas along the M6 Toll to the north and east of Sutton have been pin-pointed in the council's housing and economic development plan.
17th October 2012
And the latest from the Is the Pope a Catholic genre: Developers were asked where in Birmingham they would like to build houses, and lots of them said ‘on that rather nice, leafy meadow, thanks’. No, you don’t say. Builders are rejecting polluted, expensive-to-clean, brownfield, former industrial land in favour of the leafy lanes on Birmingham’s borders with Worcestershire and Warwickshire.