Liberal Democrat candidates in the city and parish council elections have joined local campaigners in condemning government plans to build 6,000 homes and business developments on green belt land backing on to Walmley. The loss of green land, on both sides of the A38, will amount to 175 acres.
In a statement, lead candidate in Sutton Coldfield Jenny Wilkinson and parish candidate for New Hall ward where much of the development will take place, Ann Holtom said:
"We are shocked that the government has designated so much Green Belt land for development in Sutton Coldfield. One of our top priorities for our area has been the protection of our green spaces and this announcement destroys 175 acres. We said before the election that the government should have delayed making a decision until the new parish council was in place and could have had its say. This would have been doubly important as local representatives would have had a chance to consider the infrastructure implications, the new schools, medical facilities and retail needs of the thousands of new residents our town will be getting.
"Despite all their apparent support for local residents, our Conservative MP and city councillors have had their own government pull the carpet from under them. Their claims to be the party that protects the environment and the Green Belt are in ruins."