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Councillors reject plans for new Alrewas housing development

Councillors have rejected plans for a new housing development in Alrewas.

A report had suggested approving the project, but members of Lichfield District Council’s planning committee voted against proposals to build 121 properties in land off Dark Lane.

There had been strong opposition locally to the project amid concerns over highway safety, but a council officer had said the refusing the development on these grounds “could not be justified”.

Conservative councillor Ben Rayner said locals had “good reason to celebrate” after the vote and insisted that the development was “inappropriate”.

However, Lichfield Civic Society warned that the decision to reject the recommendations of the officer’s report could be costly:

Full details of the plans can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Norman

    24th June, 2015 at 9:49 am

    On this occasion I agree with Lichfield Civic Society this could be very costly.
    Surely their Conservative representatives: District, County and Parliamentary, will be able to explain that LDC officers have to follow (Sir) Eric Pickles National Planning Guidance supported by their Member of Parliament?
    The report quotes from the start of that guidance: “… The Ministerial Foreword, it states ‘development that is sustainable should go ahead, without delay”.
    The Neighbourhood Plan is not able to help here either as it is not yet approved.
    As I say these are national planning rules so could we here from Mr Fabricant who does get involved in local government matters (at least when it is a Labour council) who will explain why he voted for it.