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Royal Town’s MP, Andrew Mitchell Presents Petition to Parliament signed by 11000 local residents opposing Green Belt Development

Andrew Mitchell the Member of Parliament for Royal Sutton Coldfield has today (Monday 12 September) presented a “compelling and significant petition” signed by 11,489 constituents to oppose the Labour-controlled Birmingham City Council’s plan to build 6,000 new homes on Green Belt land in Royal Sutton Coldfield.

Mr Mitchell received the weighty petition on Thursday evening at the Annual General Meeting of the Campaign to Protect Rural England during which he addressed its members on the importance of safeguarding the Green Belt for future generations.

The petition was spearheaded by Suzanne Webb and her team, Project Fields, who received overwhelming support from Sutton’s residents in response.

The latest efforts to save the Green Belt from Birmingham City Council’s horrific concrete plans follow the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government in May to put a hold on the implementation of the Birmingham Development Plan (BDP) pending an official review of the proposal.

Mr Mitchell, who together with Sutton Coldfield’s Conservative Councillors, has led the campaign against Green Belt development in the Royal Town, is raising this issue before the House of Commons for the second time this year, having led an Adjournment Debate in the House in January.

Last month Mr Mitchell received strong support from the CPRE who have written to the Department for Communities & Local Government with proposals to modify the Birmingham Development Plan without any major upset to the Plan or to the proposal for 51,100 houses to be provided within the City boundaries, more than currently included in the Council’s plans.

At the handover of the petition on Thursday night Mr Mitchell said “I am delighted at the overwhelming support this petition has received from local residents and offer my thanks to Suzanne Webb and her team, Project Fields, for their hard work.”

“This petition once again shows the scale of opposition by my constituents to the Labour plans for Sutton’s Green Belt. Their prayer to the House which asks that the proposal to build 6000 homes on the Green Belt does not proceed while accepting that significant new housing should be built in more appropriate places must be considered in full and that is why I am presenting their petition to the Speaker and to the House of Commons.”

Greenbelt Petition: The handover of the petition from Suzanne Webb of Project Fields to Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell at the CPRE AGM

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