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Published: 28th May 2009 21:39

 Local Plan. The District Council's new ‘Core Strategy Policy Directions' document indicates that their preferred planning strategy for the future of Lichfield District is based on a wide range of evidence and takes into account the results of two public consultations.

Four options were originally proposed: (1) urban growth; (2) urban and key rural settlement growth; (3) growth dispersed to settlements across the District, and (4) growth in the form of a new settlement. Though respondents marginally favoured a new settlement, with the dispersal option coming second, the consultations suggested no clear consensus favouring a particular strategy.

The majority of responses were objections to urban extensions involving development on greenfield and green belt land in Lichfield and Burntwood. A significant number came from Lichfield City and Burntwood Town Councils, who back the new settlement option as a means of protecting their own areas. Many objections also came from those who would be seriously affected by a new settlement.

Having considered the issues raised by the previous consultation, the District Council has decided that their Preferred Options strategy should be amended to reduce the need for urban extensions and to utilise more brownfield land. Having considered their accumulated evidence, they do not favour the alternative approach of concentrating housing in a massive new Fradley settlement.

Lichfield City is seen as by far the most sustainable community within the district, so the council regards as justifiable the removal for development of land from green belt to the south of Lichfield.

Fradley is expected to play a major role in meeting rural housing need, with an expansion of its existing settlements by around 1,000 new dwellings, including the use of current brownfield employment land.

The deadline for responses is June 11 2009. As the various Lichfield, Streethay and Burntwood action groups have now formed an alliance to fight plans to build on their green belt and to push for large-scale development on the greenfields separating Fradley from Lichfield instead, it is vital that those opposed to a new settlement should respond to the Planning Department en masse and on time.

The alliance is holding a presentation and discussion to support their case at the Guildhall on Saturday May 23, from 10.00-12.00 noon, and objectors to massive development in Fradley may want to be there too.

To view the documents and to submit your comments online, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/newldf

You can also email developmentplans@lichfielddc.gov.uk or visit the Frog Lane Council Offices to see the documents and then write to: Planning Policy Manager, FREEPOST WV370, Development Services, Lichfield District Council, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6BR.

Prison proposal. Michael Fabricant MP has been told by Justice Secretary Jack Straw that last year the Fradley/Curborough site was ruled out for a ‘Titan' (2,500 inmate) prison. The government now wants to build five 1,500-inmate prisons instead of Titans, but there are no current plans to build one on any sites other than those revealed on April 27.

Mr Fabricant said: "Curborough is still in the frame, together with many other sites for one of the 1500 place prisons, but my conversations with Jack Straw's officials have revealed that no decisions will be taken until 12 months or so from now, by which time we may have had a change of government and a change of policy.

"My advice to campaigners in Curborough and Fradley is to stay vigilant, but you can afford to relax just a little on this one for the time being!"

Fradley Youth and Community Centre. The management committee for the proposed new facility need help with major fund-raising if the project is to get off the ground. Fradley Players have already offered to perform a Murder Mystery on September 5, with profits to be shared between the new building and the Village Hall.

The new centre will be a replacement for the old schoolhouse, which closed in 2004 and was recently demolished to make way for the expansion of St Stephen's School. A replacement for the schoolhouse is desperately needed by groups who either cannot use the Village Hall due to lack of space in the schedule, or whose child protection policy requires that they have only one user group in the building at a time.

The committee is working hard to ensure that the centre is completed as soon as possible, but currently they have only nine volunteers. If you can offer help to bring the project to fruition, contact Owen Pontin on 01283 790237 or 07986 232730.

Flower Club. The club will be holding an Open Meeting at 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm on Wednesday June 3, at Fradley Village Hall. There will be a flower arranging demonstration entitled ‘A Summer's Day' by Kevin Gunnell, National Demonstrator for the National Association of Flower Arrangers Societies. Tickets cost £5.

Contact Wendy Edmunds on 01543 473660 for further information.

Musical Mysteries. At 8 pm on Friday June 5, at Fradley Village Hall, there will be an evening of music and entertainment in support of the Lichfield Mysteries.

A fish and chip supper, bar and raffle will be included and it's really good value at £10. Tickets are available from Fradley Post Office or Jo Bailey on 07725 575282.


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