REMINDER – RALLY ON SATURDAY 6 APRIL TO OPPOSE THE SACRIFICE OF FIELD FARM’S GREEN BELT IN STAPLEFORD AND TROWELL
On 10th April Broxtowe Borough Council’s Development Control Committee will decide on the Field Farm outline planning application for 450 houses on the Greenbelt at the border of Stapleford and Trowell. The officers recommend that permission be granted. Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) has been advocating for more than a decade that a housing development on this site would not be sustainable due on one hand to the destruction of an ecological corridor it would represent, the loss of recreation space and the landscape impact; and also, on the other hand, the severe traffic impact that it would have (especially in conjunction with other developments foreseen in the area, e.g. at Stanton Ironworks), the lack of transport and social connectivity to Stapleford town centre, flooding issues and many more.
STRAG is also very dissatisfied about the planning process. The consultation of the public has been insufficient – no public meeting organised with the developers, poor advertisement and timing of the consultation phases etc. – and the objections have not been properly taken into account. Alternatives have not been sufficiently assessed: there are many brownfield sites in the Borough which are available for housing development or will become so shortly. STRAG has been talking to the owners of several such sites and they are positive that these developments can happen earlier than foreseen in the council’s assessments. Given the current economic situation, granting permission at Field Farm is bound to slow the regeneration of these sites, which by law must given a clear priority.
The National Planning Policy Framework’s (NPPF) requirement for local authorities to provide a five year land supply, used as the main argument by Broxtowe Borough Council to earmark Field Farm for development immediately, is subject to other policies in the NPPF which include strengthened policies on retention of the Greenbelt. Sustainable development means what it says and there is no presumption in favour of development of whatever kind. If planning permission is granted on the 10th April, this will pre-empt the inspection and public hearings on the overall Greater Nottingham Core Strategies which is due in a few months.
Anyone sharing STRAG’s concerns is invited to come to a peaceful static demonstration between 11am-12noon on Saturday, 6th April at Sherwin roundabout, Bramcote (one of the already overcrowded junctions which would be affected by the development) – preferably wearing green or yellow!
Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG), 5th April 2013
Contact: Zoë Cockcroft, chair: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://e-voice.org.uk/strag