Lichfield Civic Society have rejected the proposed development of 450 homes south of Shortbutts Lane.
In their May 2012 Newsletter they cited “prematurity”, and “unsatisfactory approach” to infrastructure and “protection of the green belt” in their reasoning.
The Society said the plans should not have been drawn up because the Local Development Framework had not yet finalised proposed areas for development, nor the scale of housing needed.
Referring to the “delays in securing the rail under bridge for the Walsall Road/Darwin Park development” they criticised the development plans as “wholly unsatisfactory” because of “the failure to include construction of the rail line under bridge and the final connection to the already built section of the By-pass”.
Concerns were also raised at the “risk of subsequent or associated development of a type not acceptable in the Green Belt” and it is urged that “areas of public open space must transfer to the local authority with sufficient funds for future management to ensure it is preserved for all time as open space”.