800 new homes are ready to destroy more Green Belt lands in Stratley and Walsall.

Walsall could lose more of its green belt land to accommodate 800 new homes under a controversial plan. Walsall Council’s cabinet agreed to launch a consultation exercise at three new sites in Borough as part of the ongoing Black Country Plan.

The bosses said they had no choice but to go through the process, but the leaders of the four Black Country Councils wrote a letter to Secretary of State Michael Gove, asking him to “do a math check” on the numbers. had gone. The additional sites to be consulted are more than 45 acres west of Chester Road and north of Little Hardwick Road in Stratley, which will house 655 houses.

A small portion of the surrounding land – Pacific Nursery – east of Chester Road, is reserved for 30 homes. The second site is east of Escape Lane and north of Woodfield Close, where 135 homes are planned.

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Deputy Leader Adrian Andrew said consultations on these sites would take place later in the summer. As part of the Black Country Plan, it has already been proposed that Walsall will provide enough land to build 13,344 new homes by 2039, of which 5,418 are currently on sites with Green Belt classification. Has been

Some of these sites, including Calderfields along with Walsall Arboretum, have sparked protests with people worried about the loss of valuable green space. Councilor Andrew said: “Let’s be clear, this is an addition to the three additional sites that will be consulted and not about any other site in the process.

“It is the duty of the administration to follow the procedure laid down. We do not want any coercion on this council regarding the Black Country Plan and the use of our Green Belt. Will consider Regulation 19 around.

“Regulation 19 consultation will begin between November and December. I would advise as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and listen to their views.”

Council leader Mike Bird said: “Much has been done, especially in St. Matthew’s Ward, about one of the larger sites. It has gone through the same matrix of all sites. Started with sites and it is now reduced by the same matrix.

“All three sites here will undergo the same assessment and again, people are saying we can take the sites out. Only those who can take the sites out of the Black Country Plan are the site owners themselves. Much has been said about the sites in Dudley (removed) but they were owned by Dudley Council.

“We have to go through this process whether we agree with it or not. In recent days, Michael Gove has been asked, ‘Can you please check the math?’

“We all know that when we were in school and doing math, you put it in the answer box because you locked it on the front door and the teacher said, ‘Show me how you did it. “Which has always been difficult. We’ve asked that question. Show me how you did it and how you stand up to the numbers that we think are more than we need in many areas.”

“It’s a process for the entire Black Country, the majority of which is in Walsall because we have more green belts than the other three. Unfortunately, we have to move on with that.”

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