Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has today (30 January 2017) reacted with frustration to a Government decision not to 'call in' the Local Plan for housing in the constituency.
Last summer (July 2016) Karen held emergency talks with Civil Servants at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in London to register her extreme concerns over plans to build thousands of houses in Webheath. It was her belief that the council hadn't investigated the alternative site of Bordesley in enough detail.
But today Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Gavin Barwell MP, announced he will not question any further the borough's Local Plan for some 3,400 new homes on the border of Redditch and Bromsgrove in Webheath.
The plans will now go before a vote at Redditch Borough Council's full council tonight (Monday).
Karen said: "Frankly I believe this is the wrong decision and I have told this to Gavin Barwell on the telephone today.
"I have for many years, since I was a councillor in Redditch, and still believe there are other sites more suitable, especially in Bordesley. I am bitterly disappointed by today's decision and hope councillors will take this into account as they vote on the plans.
"While I am grateful the Department has considered my point of view, it is unfortunate they came to the conflicting conclusion. However I tried my best and still believe Bordesley is best placed to site these houses because the infrastructure in Webheath is weak and it is not where I consider jobs will be created over the next few years."
Statement on Westminster attack
Following the attack on police and members of the public in central London yesterday (Wednesday, 22 March 2017), Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County commented as follows:
"Yesterday was a very sad day for the people of our country, particularly in London, and my first thoughts are with those who were killed or injured and their families.
"Westminster is the seat of one of the oldest and most respected Governments in the world, and upholds values of free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – values shared by free people around the world. Amongst the bloodshed of yesterday, we must never waiver from our resolve to beat the terrorists.
"I, along with many MPs, actually knew PC Keith Palmer, the policeman who died, because he was often the first friendly face we would see when entering the Parliamentary estate. I often shared a morning joke with him. My deepest sympathies lie with his family and those of others killed or injured."
Karen was not in Parliament yesterday as she is currently still at home in Redditch recovering from her illness.
Get in touch with Karen's office if you'd like to meet with her. Due to high demand surgeries are by appointment only to make sure there is time to give every case the attention needed.
See her upcoming surgery dates here.