10th April 2013 staplefordcommunitygroup Stapleford & Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) Tags: , , 0 Comments

This evening Wednesday 10th April Broxtowe Borough Council’s Development Control Committee granted outline planning permission for developer Westerman Homes to build up to 450 dwellings on Field Farm, the Greenbelt land separating Stapleford and Trowell.

In the eyes of Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG), this decision is illegal. Sustainability appraisal and public consultation, two cornerstones of National and EU policy have not been adequately carried out.

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 had been talking to the owners of several such sites who were 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 should have been given a clear priority.

Many factors (ecology, traffic, recreation, flooding issues etc.) indicate that this development will not be sustainable. A fully informed decision should have been taken at the Public Examination into the Greater Nottingham Aligned Core Strategies, due to take place in a few months time. STRAG is very disappointed that this inspection has been pre- empted.

Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG), 10th April 2013 Contact: strag@live.co.uk, http://e-voice.org.uk/strag

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