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Mind the Meriden Gap - or lose it

CONCERNED residents who are worried about plans to build an extra 20,600 homes in Solihull are being urged to sign a petition on Gordon Brown’s No 10 website.

CONCERNED residents who are worried about plans to build an extra 20,600 homes in Solihull are being urged to sign a petition on Gordon Brown’s No 10 website.

The petition is calling for him to scrap plans for a huge housing expansion in the region, which include the extra homes in the borough.

Richard Burt, husband of

Solihull’s Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt and a prospective parliamentary candidate for the

Lib Dems in West Worcestershire, set up the petition.

The controversial plans are contained in the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy and if adopted would treble the number of new houses previously agreed for the borough.

Mrs Burt said: “The Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, has announced that he will suspend the Regional Spatial Strategy review and allow councils to work together with local communities to determine their own sustainable housing needs.

“The Regional Spatial Strategy has been dictated by central government on a predict-and-provide basis that bears no relation to the current economic reality or to future job prospects.

“If these current proposals were adopted, developers could keep options on great swathes of the Meriden Gap, threatening the very existence of our vital green corridor.

“I would encourage constituents to take this chance to let Gordon Brown know what they think of his plans.”

The petition is online at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/SuspendRSS/.

The closing date for signing it is April 3.

 

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