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Burt calls for action over housing figures

SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt has requested a full debate in parliament after residents and councillors blasted Government plans to build up to 20,600 in the borough.

SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt has requested a full debate in parliament after residents and councillors blasted Government plans to build up to 20,600 in the borough.

Mrs Burt asked leader of the House of Commons, Harriet Harman MP, for a thorough discussion after a Governmentcommissioned report proposed to build almost three times the amount of homes planned by the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy.

Mrs Burt said: "I criticised the Government for going behind the backs of local elected representatives who had already agreed homes to be built under regional special strategy and then giving us the prospect of tripling numbers in the borough."

Neighbouring Meriden MP Caroline Spelman recently spoke out against the plans, claiming the immense amount of houses could ruin the Meriden Gap.

However Mrs Burt has now taken the issue at step further.

"The higher number of houses could very seriously harm the way of life and environment for everybody in the borough."

She said a debate was necessary so other MPs who were experiencing similar treatment in their areas could let their voices be heard.

"I hope the government will listen and commission a debate on how regional authorities and local elected representatives are expected to fulfil their regional spatial strategy with a prospect of the Government ripping up all the work they've done and imposing their own ideas instead," she said.

Although parliament is holding a regional select committee meeting on the issue next week, the Lib Dem MP believed more needs to be done.

"The consultation period was extended to early December and I will be making strong representations about this," she added.

 

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