As a growing town, we all understand that new houses need to be built to make sure families have room to grow, and to enable young people to live in the town or village in which they were born.

However, we need to make sure Redditch attracts the right type of development. This includes housing which fits in with the surrounding area and business and employment land in suitable locations.

Key though to future housing growth in the constituency is affordable housing. I’m backing plans for new affordable homes to be built, but I will always insist our local Council ensures our schools, GP surgeries and transport links can cope.