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Councillors insist they’ll take fight to save Burntwood green belt land to Local Plan inquiry

Burntwood councillors have insisted the fight to save the town’s green belt land will go on.

The inquiry into the Local Plan for Lichfield and Burntwood has begun – a process which will ultimately decide which land will and won’t be earmarked for future development.

Labour councillors say they intend to attend the inquiry in person for as many sessions as possible, but have claimed the Conservative leadership at Burntwood Town Council has opted only to make written submissions.

Diane Evans

Diane Evans

Cllr Di Evans, leader of the Labour opposition group on the council, said: “We are disappointed that Burntwood Town Council is being so inactive on this important issue.

“I asked what the plans were for the council’s attendance at the inquiry and was told that the leader, Cllr Doug Pullen, had decided that Burntwood Town Council would be making written submissions and there was no intention for members of the Conservative Group to attend.

“All along, it’s been Labour councillors writing the submissions and taking forward local concerns about housing allocations, in particular, and we will continue to represent the views of local residents.”

Cllr Rob Birch, Labour representative for Boney Hay ward, said it was crucial councillors were in attendance to represent residents effectively.

“The local Labour party submitted a petition to the initial consultation,” he said. “We also sent our views in to the second consultation voicing our concerns about additional housing development around Burntwood.

“We therefore have every intention of being there at the inquiry, doing what we were elected to do – represent our electors.”

Cllr Doug Pullen has been approached for comment.

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