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EXCLUSIVE: Community groups across Lichfield and Burntwood have come together to battle the level of new housing development being planned in the area. Seven local community groups have formed the Lichfield District Residents’ Alliance. The groups involved cover Beacon Street area, Borrowcop and District, Burntwood and Hammerwich, Leomansley, Streethay, Fradley, and South Lichfield. The Alliance opposes the scale of development proposed in the Core Strategy and Local Development Framework currently being drawn up by Lichfield District Council.  The Alliance believes that communities across the District will be marred by such excessive building. David Woods, chairman of the new alliance, said:
“Following our successful Seminar at the Guildhall in May, individual residents’ groups focussed on the response to the Council’s consultation paper on Policy. The overwhelming majority of local residents are against the plan to build 8,000 extra houses. The Alliance believes that the number should be restricted to the 3,000 needed for indigenous growth between 2006-2026 as was stated by the Council planning officer at the Seminar.”
The Alliance has written to all District Councillors asking them to ensure that residents’ views are fully taken into account in the final version of the Core Strategy and Local Development Framework.  Mr Woods added: “We look forward to hearing reassurance and supportive comments from our councillors.”


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