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."
Redditch has been my home for nearly 20 years and it has been a huge honour to have represented its great people for the past seven.
Sadly due to ill health I have decided not to stand for re-election. There is nothing more important or rewarding than helping people, however I need to be fully fit to be able to undertake the job properly.
I am immensely grateful to all the fantastic people I have met during my time as a Member of Parliament and want to say a huge thank you for all of their support.
Redditch deserves strong and stable leadership. Every vote for Theresa May and your local Conservative, Rachel Maclean, on 8 June will strengthen our hand in negotiations to get the best possible deal for Brexit and beyond, leaving Britain stronger and better off for the future.