The 'blue hoarding' site in Burntwood. Picture: Google Streetview

A Burntwood councillor has urged people to make their voices heard over plans to build houses on land previously earmarked for a new town centre.

A housing association hopes to build 87 new homes on the so-called blue hoardings site off Milestone Way.

But Burntwood Town Council’s planning meeting saw members vote unanimously against the proposals.

Cllr Darren Ennis, Labour representative for the Chasetown ward, said it was important residents also spoke up ahead of a final decision on the plans by Lichfield District Council.

“Burntwood has been promised more retail and leisure provision year after year and in May residents voted overwhelmingly for the Neighbourhood Plan that designated this land for that purpose.

“We don’t need any more strain on our infrastructure – we have hit our housing allocation and most importantly the residents of Burntwood have told us what they want.

“I would recommend everyone who objects to this plan to leave feedback on Lichfield District Council’s planning portal.

“There are lots of people against this on social media but this is the correct way to get your comments heard.”

Cllr Darren Ennis

The scheme would see 87 new homes built on the land, with the remainder of the site earmarked for KFC and Starbucks outlets.

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  1. Is this the same Cllr Darren Ennis who lost out on a seat at Staffs County Council in the election in May? Yes he must by now really know what the people of Burntwood want and that is for Labour to stop opposing for the sake of it and come up with some tangible ideas for once. The guy is clueless.

  2. We absolutely need shops they have built that many houses in the last 3years but no shop or entertainment which as been going on at least 30 years

  3. Do we really want to become just one big housing estate with no facilities. The only people who will benefit are Lichfield and Cannock. Are these places so afraid that a small local shopping centre would creat so much detrimental competition to them? Instead of popping to a local town centre, which would bring in much needed income, they have to increase their carbon footprint by driving several miles to the shops that the councils decide on. We pay a decent amount of our taxes to SCC and LDC, are we not entitled to a fair say in how and where it is spent? A shopping centre was once planned, then rejected by the government , who later apologised for the mistake. Lichfield don’t seem to have much of a clue as to how to run a successful and prosperous shopping centre, so let us try . After the expensive Friarsgate fiasco, LDC have shown their utter incompetence .

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