Burntwood residents will probably have noticed by now that sale signs have been erected at the edges of land bordering Hospital Road, Coppy Nook Lane and Hanney Hay Road.
Having looked at the particulars of the sale, the agents describe the land as
151.88 acres (61.46 ha) of strategic land on the edge of Burntwood and Hammerwich with long road frontages.
The land has been previously discussed in council plans for it’s potential for housing and has been assessed as “suitable” which resulted in a significant “Save Our Green Belt” campaign (I believe the land along Farewell Lane was also part of the same campaign?). The sale particulars make it clear that whilst it has been identified as suitable for housing with a potential yield of 500 homes, no definitive permissions or development allocations have been granted or proposed by Lichfield District Council. Whilst that may give some comfort to those who oppose the development of housing on the land, it should concern them that whilst under current ownership there is no apparent pressure being applied whereas if the land is sold to a more aggressive, persistant and connected owner/developer, the game may change significantly.