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Burntwood campaign to keep homes off Green Belt hailed a success

Campaigners fighting to prevent homes being built on Green Belt land in Burntwood say their battle has been an “overwhelming success”.

The comments from the Burntwood Action Group come after the preliminary findings of an Inspector on Lichfield District Council’s Local Plan were published.

The report suggested that urban areas of Burntwood should be the focus for new housing rather than the use of Green Belt sites.

And he also warned about moving boundaries, insisting this should only be done in “exceptional circumstances”.

“It is difficult to see how releasing housing sites in the Green Belt as an alternative to developing urban sites or the East of Burntwood Bypass would assist the regeneration of Burntwood, which is one of the Strategic Objectives of the Plan,” said Inspector Bob Yuille.

His comments have been welcomed by local campaigners who believe they are on the final stretch of their lengthy battle.

“We are not quite there, it will be another six months or more before the Plan is in place but the Inspector’s initial findings suggest that our campaign has been an overwhelming success,” a Burntwood Action Group spokesperson added.

“We had conviction in our belief that increasing Burntwood’s urban sprawl into the surrounding countryside would make it a poorer place to live and we had conviction in our drive to have the regeneration of Burntwood’s derelict land put on the planning agenda.”

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