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Councillor warns Burntwood has fight on its hands to keep new homes off Green Belt land

A councillor has warned that Burntwood has a fight on its hands to keep new homes off Green Belt land.

A written answer from Cllr Ian Pritachard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, development and environment, to a question on the subject of sites near Highfields Road and Coulter Lane revealed they have been earmarked for new homes.

He said: “The current status of these sites would be classified as unallocated within the Green Belt.

“The proposed future status of the sites is to be allocated for residential development.”

Plans for housing allocation across the district will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s Cabinet on March 7.

And Cllr Sue Woodward, leader of the Labour opposition group, said she expected locals would attend to show the strength of feeling on the matter.

“Local residents are up in arms about these proposed sites,” she said. “Our town just hasn’t got the infrastructure and facilities for its current residents or for the new families arriving now and certainly not for these proposed sites.

“Even access to GP services is under severe pressure as our proposed health centre was axed.

“Labour councillors here are absolutely committed to retaining the town’s Green Belt but, because of Government policies, we have a fight on our hands.

“The response I received from Cllr Pritchard to my formal question about the two contentious Green Belt sites gave me no comfort at all as the Cabinet seem to have made up their minds, so it’s vital that people express their views during the consultation period.”

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