“With more and more houses being built, we need the infrastructure to match” says Michael Fabricant who raised the issue in Cabinet Office Questions in the House of Commons today (8th December).
Michael Fabricant asked: “The City of Lichfield is currently experiencing a huge amount of housebuilding – and it happens in other parts of the country too – so that’s why I welcome the Government’s decision that the number of houses to be built set by the Government should be advisory and not mandatory.
“But along with those houses is a need for hospitals, schools and also leisure centres. What does the Cabinet Office do in coordinating with all the different government departments to make sure that those facilities are available to serve all those extra people who will move into the area?”
The Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, replied: “The Hon Gentleman rightly highlights the need to ensure that infrastructure goes with development – that is led by the Levelling Up Secretary.
“However, through the Cabinet Office we continue to monitor progress against the agreed goals of that department, and to work closely with them.”
Michael adds: “I hope that Lichfield District Council will receive a grant for its leisure centre which is urgently needed and I will keep raising this issue in the House. However, I have warned the Council that it may have to seek alternative grants as the Levelling Up Fund to which they have applied is really meant for post-industrial towns – what the Americans call the “rust belt” – and Lichfield can hardly be counted as that!”