The government has put Birmingham development plans on hold due to the new controls in under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.
This came about when the MP Andrew Mitchell asked Greg Clark (Communities Secretary) to call-in the plan. The reason being, included in the plan was a green belt boundary change, which would be allowing 6,000 new homes to be erected at Langley in Sutton Coldfield (Andrew Mitchell’s Area). Many local people are opposed to the proposed development.
The development plan was approved by a planning inspection two months ago, this was including the revised green belt boundaries.
The leader of the Birmingham City Council, John Clancy, had the following to say:
“Clearly it is very disappointing that the government has chosen to make this decision in spite of the positive outcome of the independent planning inquiry. The Inspector supported the city’s growth strategy, including the release of green belt. We will now work with the government to try to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”
A spokesman from the Communities and Local Government department had the following to say:
“Ministers have issued a holding direction that prevents Birmingham from adopting its local plan until government has completed its consideration of a request from a local MP to intervene. This direction does not in any way relate to the merits or otherwise of the soundness of Birmingham’s plan: it is simply to allow time for proper consideration of the issues.”
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