Green belt is an emotive issue.
Nobody likes the idea of Birmingham becoming a mass of grey as far as the eye can see.
But when you are balancing that against the prospect of thousands of jobs, it becomes more complicated.
Put simply, making Aston Martin a Birmingham company, building James Bond’s cars sculpted by Brummie hands, would be heaven sent. And I say that as one of the hardy souls who will have to drive through Minworth to and from work every day.
Whether or not it offends some in Sutton Coldfield, we would be bordering unacceptable territory were we to do it again.
We should never forget the massive advantage handed to us by industrialists like Watt and Boulton.
Their world-leading approach changed the world, generated wealth for the people of Birmingham and centuries later we still feel it.
Still today, the vast majority of world-class businesses in this city region are manufacturers.
To be simply closed to big plants doesn’t bear thinking about – particularly with youth unemployment running at close to 10 per cent in this city.
All job creation is sweet, but for that reason, manufacturing jobs are a but sweeter.
Also, attracting the brand previously voted Britain’s coolest would be a major boost in encouraging youngsters into engineering.
So we tip our hats to the hardy souls who pushed through the green belt release against no shortage of opposition.
Birmingham is open for business again. We must not shun an opportunity like this.