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Tories accused of shedding “crocodile tears” over housing plan for Green Belt land in Burntwood

Conservative councillors in Burntwood have been criticised for failing to fully fight plans to build on Green Belt land.

Lichfield District Council has earmarked sites in the town for new homes, leading to an online petition on the issue.

A Labour proposal to a meeting of Burntwood Town Council last week called for a cross-party agreement to oppose the development of the area’s Green Belt.

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

But Cllr Diane Evans, leader of the Labour opposition group on the town council, said her Tory rivals needed to show their commitment to standing up for local needs.

“The people of Burntwood want more than just crocodile tears,” she said. “They want these proposals to build on our Green Belt to be overturned and, of course, actions speak louder than words.

“We want to maintain Burntwood’s green outer areas and will oppose encroachment on our Green Belt as we always have.”

The comments come after it emerged that key figures on the controlling Conservative group, including the chair of the planning committee and the chair of the neighbourhood plan group, had not responded to a call for comments on Cannock Chase land allocations – leading Labour to offer its draft response as a whole council reply.

Cllr Evans added: “The Tories simply do not have their eye on the ball, are failing to act proactively on securing the Green Belt and simply reacting to issues once they are prompted. They don’t appear to have any clue themselves.”

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