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Andrew Mitchell cautiously welcomes emerging ideas for Langley

Andrew Mitchell MP has met again with the Langley Sutton Coldfield Consortium about their proposals for 6,000 homes to be built in Langley. He was joined by the Leader of the Town Council, Councillor Simon Ward and Councillor Ewan Mackey who serves on both the Town Council and Birmingham City Council. The Consortium was represented by Paul Gilmour, Rubery Owen and a representative from Taylor Wimpey PLC.

The meeting was convened as the first series of public events about the future development of Langley was announced on the front page of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer.

During the meeting, Mr Mitchell made clear that while public engagement was welcome, he and local Councillors would hold the Consortium to account and make sure that public events were not a simple box checking exercise. Mr Mitchell told the consortium that he would be keen to hear what actual change had resulted from public engagement with his constituents.

Following the meeting, Mr Mitchell said:
“The Gilmour and Owen families have the largest stakes in the development – both of whom have a track record of putting our local community first. However, the magnitude of this development makes it absolutely imperative to get it right the first time.

“Local Councillors and I will be keeping a close eye on whether the development proposals reflect sustainability. This means new schools and health facilities as well as traffic/transport arrangements which ease congestion for my constituents.

“Right from the start, I have said that Sutton Coldfield must have significant input and control of these developments and that is why I have asked the Consortium to report what they have changed as a result of public engagement.”

The Langley proposals are now available to be read online at: www.langleysuttoncoldfieldconsortium.co.uk

Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP alongside Cllr Simon Ward (left) and Cllr Ewan Mackey (right) meeting with the Langley Consortium.

Andrew Mitchell MP alongside Cllr Simon Ward (left) and Cllr Ewan Mackey (right) meeting with the Langley Consortium

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