The Speaker of the House of Commons has granted Michael Fabricant a
Parliamentary Debate on "The Effect of Planning Policy on Market Towns,
Historic Towns, and Cathedral Cities". It will be held on the afternoon
of Wednesday 1st March.
Michael says: "I have long been concerned that district councils like
Lichfield are being forced by Government policy to cram housing into
every available green space – including back gardens.
"It is ludicrous to compare historic cities like Lichfield and small
towns like Burntwood with huge urban areas such as Birmingham. Yet the
Government insists on a one size fits all policy. This debate which I
have initiated will be open to MPs from all parties and will be answered
by a minister from John Prescott’s department." (The Office of Deputy
Prime Minister). "I shall be expecting answers from the minister. I do
not want to see the character of Lichfield ruined over the coming years
nor it becoming a mere suburb or Birmingham as, sadly, Sutton Coldfield
has now become."