Our Response to Birmingham's Plans for Building New Homes

Monday 22nd October 2012

Grassland habitat

Recent report suggest that plans are being made for large-scale building of new homes in the green belt. The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country responds.

Questioned on the rumoured proposals for major housing development in the Birmingham Green Belt, Neil Wyatt, Wildlife Trust Chief Executive responded:

“It is essential that Birmingham gets the new homes it needs, but they must be built in the right places. They must create sustainable, quality places for people to live and safeguard wildlife and green spaces.”

It is good that Birmingham Council is putting careful consideration into where to build new houses, and that they will now be seeking the views of local people and organisations, as it is vital that the Birmingham Development Plan identifies the best possible solution for communities, the economy and the environment.”

We hope the Development Plan will look at opportunities to build on currently derelict areas of low environmental quality – as exemplified by the recently approved Icknield Port Loop development. The Wildlife Trust is committed to standing up to protect local Wildlife Sites, and we will make every effort to ensure that when the Development Plan is adopted it will contain proposals that bring a net benefit to the City’s people and wildlife.”

The proposals have been reported in the Birmingham Mail and on the Chamberlain Files website.

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