30 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP frustrated by housing plan decision

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."

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