Brum homes set for Redditch green belt?

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 14 February 2014 Updated: 14/02 09:59

FEARS remain that Redditch could be asked to use some of its greenbelt land to accommodate Birmingham’s housing needs.

A document has been produced which sets out the need for 84,000 new homes for the second city but so far only 51,100 are planned to be built within Birmingham’s boundaries before 2031.

It means space for more than 30,000 may need to be found in other areas with suggestions that greenbelt land may be used for up to 6,000 of these.

But because of a perceived lack of clarity surrounding where exactly the properties would be built, a letter from Redditch Borough Council leader Bill Hartnett has been sent to the city council’s director of planning and regeneration as part of a consultation before the plan is submitted.

In the letter, Coun Hartnett said: “The borough council is mindful that there is a lack of detail in terms of how Birmingham will deal with the remaining level and distribution of growth owing to a lack of evidence.

“There is also considered to be a lack of clarity as to when the expected rates of housing will be delivered across the plan period for those homes outside of the city’s boundary.”

At an executive committee meeting where the letter was discussed, Coun Juliet Brunner said: “How simply ridiculous we are being asked to make a decision and comment about the level and distribution of growth when we have no clue about where the 6,000 houses are going.

“The report alludes to some greenbelt somewhere. Considering the lack of clarity, this response is the best we could do.”

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