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Residents urged to have their say on Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan

Residents are being inivited to have their say on the Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan.

The Old Mining College Centre in Burntwood, home of Burntwood Town Council
The Old Mining College Centre in Burntwood, home of Burntwood Town Council

A meeting of Burntwood Town Council approved a draft of the document which will help define the future of the area.

Cllr Steve Norman, chairman of the neighbourhood plan task and finish group, said: “I contacted Lichfield District Council Planning Officers in May as soon as I was re-appointed Chairman after a four-year enforced absence to ask them to help us process the neighbourhood plan as quickly as they could. 

Steve Norman
Steve Norman

“They said they would, and they have kept their promise.

“I would like to thank the whole Neighbourhood Plan Committee, which includes representatives from BAG and the community, for their work during this period.

“Our first meeting was in June 2014 but now we have reached the stage where members of the public – and particularly organisations and groups within the parish boundary – can have a formal say on the plan before it is considered by an independent inspector.

“The neighbourhood plan has to comply with the district local plan and so cannot alter the Green Belt boundary or contradict national planning policy, but it will give us all more say in future development and also extra money for infrastructure when finally agreed in a referendum.”

The public consultation exercise ends on 20th September. The plan and details of how to comment on it are available on the town council website.

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