A Burntwood councillor has welcomed a £10,000 grant to help research future opportunities for growth in the town centre.

The money has been given to Lichfield District Council by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Parternship (GBSLEP).

The grant is to produce a research report to “understand the strengths and opportunities of Burntwood town, how the local centre relates to and complements or competes with neighbouring centres, and the relationship of Burntwood with the city of Birmingham”. 

Cllr Steve Norman, leader of the Labour opposition group at Lichfield District Council, said he hoped the money would help identify a way forward for the town.

Steve Norman

“Of course I welcome this news and congratulate Lichfield District Council officers in winning it, but it is only £10,000 and is only for research.

“I wouldn’t want our 28,000 residents to think it is for a new Town Centre on the LCP blue hoarding site – this research will be focused on Sankey’s Corner.

“All of Burntwood’s elected representatives oppose any new major housing development until we get the infrastructure we deserve, and I hope the research will find a way forward.”

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

Cllr Norman added that he was surprised the funding had to be sought from external bodies given the levels of spending in Lichfield.

“It is hard to believe that the Conservative cabinet at Lichfield District Council applied for the grant because they could “not afford” to fund the research themselves, when last year they spent £23,000 just on pictures on the hoarding around Friarsgate – the empty site in the city.”

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

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7 Comments

  1. Let’s hope this research can deliver a sensible and feasible plan for Sankey’s corner.

  2. It’s s shame John Prescott cancelled a new shopping centre all this years ago. This was when he determined that the mill Bridge Cross garages and Olaf Johnson site was not near to the town centre. The saying comes to mind the horse has bolted and this will be a total waste of money and nothing will happen same old for Burntwood!

  3. It is more accurate to say that the application failed because it was too big to comply with national planning guidance at the time. Neighbouring Local Authorities objected – particularly Walsall which presented 12 boxes of evidence at the Inquiry.

    That’s why I am concerned about what this sentence in the conditions really means: “how the local centre relates to and complements or competes with neighbouring centres, and the relationship of Burntwood with the city of Birmingham”.

    It has seemed to me over the years that “competition is good” – unless the competition is coming from Burntwood. And it will be interesting to see how Lichfield’s MP has supported the town’s residents against the threat to our Green Belt for housing that is a consequence of another policy of the GBSLEP. I look forward to his submission due now to be published by LDC in July.

  4. Cannock, Walsall, Lichfield and now presumably Birmingham will always oppose development in Burntwood, that is seen as an economic threat to their region

  5. Is this research to see how many more takeaways, hairdressers, chip shops and supermarkets and not to forget houses they can squeeze into burntwood. ?

  6. Sankeys corner shopping precinct is privately owned and as far as I can remember has always been
    The latest landlords have done nothing to improve or repair any of the buildings that they rent out
    So I can’t see what this grant for research will do for sankeys

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