A debate on the new Local Plan for Lichfield and Burntwood was pulled by council chiefs over concerns more needs to be done to ensure climate change targets are met.

Lichfield District Council House

Lichfield District Council’s cabinet had been due to discuss the document outlining the shape of the district over the next 20 years at a meeting last night (7th December).

But Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of the local authority, said it had been removed from the agenda.

Doug Pullen

“I’ve made this decision in conjunction with both the portfolio holder and officers as I’m not convinced the plan goes far enough to support the Government’s net zero carbon commitment.

“We will make provisions to discuss this further and keep both colleagues, councillors and the public informed of progress as we assess best practice and legal advice.”

Cllr Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council

The decision to revisit the document comes after a former cabinet member said the issue of climate change had not been given full consideration.

Cllr Liz Little, who resigned from the leadership group earlier this year over concerns linked to the way in which the plan had been put together, said:

“It [the Local Plan] has been forced through via inconsistent and changing reasoning by one cabinet member.

“The plan does not take into account the climate emergency we recently made a pledge about.”

Cllr Liz Little, Lichfield District Council

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5 Comments

  1. Great news. Let’s hope Cabinet will now insist on preserving the 130 acres of Mile Oak countryside that is under threat. ‘Save Mile Oak Greenbelt’!

  2. Make all new build install solar panels and heat pumps etc no ifs or buts let’s see how many developers are keen to build houses ?

  3. A step in the right direction for a change! Well done for remembering we actually have a planet to save for future generations!

  4. Totally agree with the views of all the constituents above.

    Shame the powers that be lack the same common sense or are tone deaf to those that elect them to office. It’s not all about money, the market and competition. History repeatedly shows the pursuit of profit can be counter productive to the environment

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