Stop Lichfield District Council and Barwood building 1000 houses on Tamworth's borders.
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In February 2016 an application was re-submitted to Lichfield District Council to build 1000 houses on the Arkall Farm site to the north of Ashby Road (B5493) just outside Tamworth. This application was originally submitted in 2014. Since then the application was approved by Lichfield District Council Planning Committee despite protests and evidence from Tamworth Borough Council and hundreds of local residents.
Subsequently Tamworth Borough Council filled an appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for an inquiry. This inquiry is now taking place and is seeking public views (See last update below).
There are many problems with the proposed development, but in short, if permitted it will: Create unsustainable levels of traffic into Tamworth, creating massive queues and delays for residents. When the Ashby Road has been temporarily blocked during rush hour in the past, it has caused a queue over 3 miles long within minutes. Capacity reports undertaken by all local councils show the Ashby Road cannot take more houses than those already approved. Be a building site for 10 years or more, bringing construction traffic, pollution, delays and a visual eyesore to the area. Cause additional flooding risk to on Syerscote Lane and Tamworth. Forever change the character of the countryside to the North East of Tamworth for those that already live and work there.
This development will have a huge impact on Tamworth but the site is in Lichfield, meaning Tamworth residents had no say in the planning decision. The developers are doing surveys and assessments to justify their development, but the decision taken was void of any local democratic representation.
This is wrong, local people deserve a say on this important issue. We need a huge public outcry against this proposal so the developers, Lichfield District Council, and now the Planning Inspector, know how unpopular this development is and the impact it will have on local infrastructure.
Cllr Robert Pritchard
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