IMMINENT THREATS OF RELEASE OF GREEN BELT
IMMINENT THREATS OF RELEASE OF GREEN BELT FOR HOUSING IN STAPLEFORD AND TROWELL, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Broxtowe Borough Council is currently preparing its Core Strategy that will set out the future planning of places such as Beeston, Stapleford and Trowell for the next fifteen years. The most important issue in the Core Strategy is how to balance the need for new housing with the conservation of the greenbelt, which in national policy is given the very highest priority. The Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG), an apolitical group of local people, will argue that it is crucial that the greenbelt between the two communities of Stapleford and Trowell should be kept as woodlands and open countryside. There is a planning application to build 450 houses on that very area, on the Field Farm site. In one fell swoop a very valuable area of landscape that serves as a recreational and wildlife resource would be lost forever. There is clearly a conflict of view and the Planning Act lays down that there should be a Public Examination where the various parties can present relevant evidence and make their arguments in front of an independent Inspector, who will weigh up all the factors and make a recommendation.
We look forward to the debate; if it ever takes place, that is. There will be a Public Examination on the whole of the Core Strategy, probably around this September (the Council will shortly be consulting the public on its plans again, following to the release of the Government’s proposal for the HS2 train route). There is however a real and present danger that Broxtowe Borough Council will rush through a planning approval for the 450 houses before that. To call this a travesty of justice is putting it mildly. It would make a farce of the Governments Localism and Community involvement agenda which, on paper at least, is espoused by the Borough Council.
If the application is rushed through, the only option open to objectors is an expensive and risky legal challenge in the High Court. A far better solution is for the residents of Stapleford and Trowell to put pressure on the Borough Council as a whole and on their own ward Councillors to put a stop to this nonsense.
Consultation is currently open again on the outline planning application for Field Farm, following the release of additional material. Please comment on Broxtowe Borough Council’s website (planning.broxtowe.gov.uk, application ref. 11/00758/OUT) until 27 February! Make precise, factual objections and request that no decision be made before the Core Strategy is finalised. Also write to your ward Councillor. And do get in touch with STRAG to take an active part in the campaign.
Democracy, like charity, starts at home. We urge you to take action now.
Issued by the Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG), February 2013
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