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BIRMINGHAM CITY SAYS HOME DEAL IS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

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Birmingham city council and developers are defending plans for up to 600 new homes in Sutton Coldfield as protectin...
Birmingham city council and developers are defending plans for up to 600 new homes in Sutton Coldfield as protecting open space for future generations, reports the Birmingham Post (p1).

The paper says that residents have attacked the plans as a 'disaster' for the area.

Under the deal housebuilders will get planning permission for houses on about 50 acres.

In return they will make a fifth of the homes affordable social housing and give 250 acres to the city council to develop a country park.

Geoff Cole, the council's assistant director for parks and nature conservation, said the aim of the plan was to preserve the majority of Newhall Valley as a 'green space'.
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